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

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

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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  1. Verify the disc media used.
    Try multiple original discs (not burned copies) which are clean and free of scratches. See Information about CD and DVD media.
    Note: Dark colored discs such as black may be more difficult to read.

  2. Verify that the disc is seated properly in the CD-ROM, CD-RW, or DVD drive.

  3. Verify that the drive is seated properly in the ThinkPad system by reseating the drive.
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