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If you are trying to write to a DVD, you should know that this drive does NOT record DVDs. It should record CDs with no problem. If you haven't changed the operating system, It should be a breese. Other wise, the drive could be bad.
what kind of media are you loading? is this a DVD or a program disc? If this is a DVD disc, try loading a music CD or other type of disc to see if it is recognized. If so, its possible your PC DVD is unable to recognize that specifc type of DVD. Try other DVD's which you know worked before using Vista. Even though your machine says the device is working properly, check the Lenovo website for updated drivers for the DVD and the board chipset. Let me know if updating the drivers does not work. Meanwhile, I'll see if I can find out any more information from Lenovo.
First You remove back. Put your original, Find the driver for the DVD that you wanted to install.(See top of the dvd find the manufacturing or Model number.Yahoo it and ask as "Model# drivers" ) or try driverguide.com Download drivers, extracted. Then remove the old cd rom replaced with your new one turn on computer, wait til get the baloon says find new hardware, and wait to load til get another baloon says, your device ready to use. If you do not getting any. See your system panel from control panel, open hardware on system windows, find your device see if any yellow check mark around? If not but device shows there, you are ready to use.
Otherwise use any roxio or Nero installation, will get your dvd works.
If the bay is a DVD drive Blue Ray will work as long as you have a newer DVD decoding software. There are some decoders or codecs at IBM's support site, such as WinVid. If the codecs at IBM do not work with Blue Ray, then try download.com and search for DVD playing software.
This is generally an indication that the DVD end of the drive is going out. First try a different or updated DVD decoding software. It could just be a simple glitch with the software, or that the software is outdated.
I don't mean to disagree with my associate, but DVD players for R series (or T, A, etc) can be found for less than 20.00 US (Ebay is a good example)
For that matter, we've got at least a dozen at our shop which we sell for 25.00
Installation is very simple as well, just pop the old drive out, put the new drive in.