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ThinkPad T40 2374 no longer recognizes dvd's

I recently had to recover the hard drive. Afterwards, I notice that the Ultrabay Slim CD-RW/DVD-ROM no longer recognizes any DVD. CD's seem to be okay. Just no DVD's. I believe I have installed all the latest updates on this XP notebook. Any ideas? Perhaps I need to get a driver. Thanks.

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Re: ThinkPad T40 2374 no longer recognizes dvd's

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