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Having a trouble with my DVD-ROM - IBM ThinkPad T42

Hi, My DVD ROM-IBM ThinkPad T42 could not read DVD disks, but it can read CD disk smoothly. Could you help me to repair it (DVD-ROM)? I had tried some steps to know what happened with my DVD-ROM. _When i used a other DVD-ROM the same myself, my Laptop read DVD-disk easily. So i have thought my DVD-ROM had a trouble. Best regards, Le Nguyen Hoang email:

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  • zendar Dec 18, 2007

    My dvd-rom drive will not read anything. Unfortunately I found out after I purchased Microsoft Office 2007 to load on my daughter's lap top.

  • earl46m Jan 04, 2008

    i have a t23 thinkpad it reads cd great both not dvd the dvd drive is a gdr-8081n i have updated my firmware and when i do properties on this drive it shows as a dvd drive i been at this for almost 2 mths lol

  • Anonymous May 02, 2008

    ThinkPad T42 problem

  • verdelleke May 25, 2008

    I can't play DVD anymore on my computer, but I can play CD's. I don't know how it happened. maybe I accidently uninstalled something?

  • spankie0149 Feb 16, 2009

    i have trouble with my dvd drive on my laptop it reads cd rom but doesnt play dvd.any advice

  • Anonymous Mar 30, 2014

    My acer laptop cd/dvd player runs but cnnot read why?



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Internal the pickup assy. (the laser) there are three components that read the discs, one for DVD one for CD and one for the DVD-ROM its likely that the DVD-ROM laser has gone out. Take the drive out and get the part number and look it up online on ebay or the like :-)

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Sir, i having problem in my laptop IBM THINKPAD R51 2887 MQ-5 such as
1-it can not read cd
2-pad is not working
kindly help me to sort out the problem, my contact number is +92-9229203683

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I have a IBM thinkpad A21m 2628, when it tries to start up I get an error message NTLDR is missing could someone please help! Thanks \r\nsue

Either the disk-drive is "dying" (implying that the 'NTLDR' file cannot be read from the disk-drive),
or you have a CD-disk in the CD-ROM drive (remove it, and restart)
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Take your computer to a professional technician, for trouble-shooting, and repair.

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Not able to read dvd's and able to read cd's model lenovo 510i

While I was not able to find that specific model of laptop, I was able to locate the CDRW Bay and based on my research this bay only supports the following models. Though it may look the same and even have the same interface, if it is not in the supported model list, it will not properly function.

Supported Media Types:
  • CD-ROM
  • CD-R
  • CD-RW
Compatible with:
  • IBM Lenovo ThinkPad R50
  • IBM Lenovo ThinkPad R50e
  • IBM Lenovo ThinkPad R50p
  • IBM Lenovo ThinkPad R51
  • IBM Lenovo ThinkPad R51e
  • IBM Lenovo ThinkPad R52
  • IBM Lenovo ThinkPad T40
  • IBM Lenovo ThinkPad T40p
  • IBM Lenovo ThinkPad T41
  • IBM Lenovo ThinkPad T41p
  • IBM Lenovo ThinkPad T42
  • IBM Lenovo ThinkPad T42p
  • IBM Lenovo ThinkPad T43
  • IBM Lenovo ThinkPad T43p
  • IBM Lenovo ThinkPad T60
  • IBM Lenovo ThinkPad T60p
  • IBM Lenovo ThinkPad X40 series (X series media slice or Ultrabase required)
  • IBM Lenovo ThinkPad X41 series (X series media slice or Ultrabase required)
  • IBM Lenovo ThinkPad T30, X30, X31, R40 series (2366, 2367, 2884, 2885, 2681, 2682, 2683, 2896, 2722, 2723, 2724, 2897, 2672, 2673 - when installed with the optional ThinkPad Slim Drive adapter for the UltraBay 2000 or X series UltraBase or Media Slice)

If you see your model in this list comment back and we can move forward with getting your issue resolved.

Good Luck,


Jan 29, 2010 | Lenovo (13N6769) CD-RW/DVD-ROM Combo Drive

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try a blank CD disk or a CD format with data (like software o VCD)

some old driver may not real music CD disk.

Dec 29, 2009 | IBM ThinkPad T40 2373 Notebook

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Thinkpad T42 Hard Disk problem


It seems the hard disk size will max out at 80GB with a 5,400 RPM speed according to IBM.

Im sorry to say that this means that it will not support a 120Gb hard drive.


Feb 14, 2009 | IBM ThinkPad T42 Notebook

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Thinkpad T30 are usually supplied with the following optical drives, CD ROM, CD R/W, and Combo DVD ROM with CD R/W.
You most likely have the Combo drive, therefore you can play DVD and CD disks plus burning music and data onto CD-R and CD+R discs.
You need CD burning software such as Roxio Easy CD Creator or Nero. Both these programs are excellent and easy to use.

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