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Cd drive for ibm laptop t30

I recently acquired an IBM T30 laptop that does not have a CD/DVD drive, it has a 3.5 floppy disk drive, is it possible to change this out for a CD/DVD drive? If so, where could I get the part or would it be possible to get an external cd/dvd drive for this pc?

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Re: cd drive for ibm laptop t30

You can also check on EBAY. The floppy drive is removable and yuu can put in either a cd-rom, cd/rw, or cd/rw/dvd in it's place.

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Re: cd drive for ibm laptop t30

You can purchase a usb to ide adapter and use a standard internal pc dvd drive or buy a usb dvd burner.

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Why won't CD/DVD RW drive won't recognize DVD disk?

Make sure you have the most current driver installed for that model. Go to IBM website and download, install. Once installed, try reading the disk again. That usually solves the problem.

And - all CD/DVD drives don't recognize all CD/DVD's - lots of different formats. Check the documentation for that drive to see which formats it can read.

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Dec 24, 2010 | IBM ThinkPad T30 2366 Notebook

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How format my hard drive in my IBM ThinkPad T30

you can use the recovery disk that came with the system. all you need to do is to boot the computer from the CD.

Apr 04, 2010 | IBM ThinkPad T30 2366 Notebook

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Have IBM THINKPAD 380XD Laptop, windows 98 is not openning, asking for registry rpair, SCANREG is not possible, format C is not possible. Needs hard disk replacement?Where can I get this hard disk drive or...

for registry error i don't think its required for replace the hard disk ... boot the laptop through win98 boot able cd and delete the all partition using fdisk command and try to install the os .............

Dec 14, 2009 | IBM ThinkPad T30 2366 Notebook

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When i turn it on only the battery light works what should i do and what is the problem

I just experienced the same issue and found some excellent advice when facing this symptom. Search FixYa for "Ibm t30 post beep error 1 3 3 1." It could be one of your memory boards or the memory socket itself. I pulled out the hard disk, CD ROM, and two memory boards (there is good info on the Lenovo site on how to safely do all this) . I then added back one memory board, applied power, and voila the T30 came to life. I then added the hard disk, CD ROM, and rebooted after adding each device. After adding back the second memory board, I experienced the original problem. So this memory board or the memory socket appears to be the culprit.

Oct 17, 2009 | IBM ThinkPad T30 2366 Notebook

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IBM T30 2366-FBU, will not boot passed Logo screen

Press all of the function buttons one at a time until you get a response. Not all laptops use the same buttons for Bios and choosing the boot device.
Also, it won't boot from the CD-ROM because the bios boots from the Hard drive first by default. You can change this in the BIOS.

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Feb 27, 2009 | IBM ThinkPad T30 2366 Notebook

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Ibm thnikpad t30 bios password problem

Go to your friend. Download and burn this cd
Boot your pc from it and use BIOS / CMOS Tools from it.

Feb 21, 2009 | IBM ThinkPad T30 2366 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.

Jan 21, 2009 | IBM ThinkPad T30 2366 Notebook

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I dont have vga driver for IBM thinkpad T30 2366)

ya i know dis site but it is of lenovi t30 drivers and the problem is that i am not geting the IBM Thinkpad Drivers..Would any buddy give me the site of downloading drivers of IBM Thinkpad T30???

Nov 15, 2008 | IBM ThinkPad T30 2366 Notebook

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Ibm t30

The T30 comes with ‘One, integrated, easy-loading modular Ultrabay(TM) 2000 Plus.’
You should be able to buy a DVDR Ultrabay™ 2000 Plus drive that will replace the floppy drive.
For example:

Dec 03, 2007 | IBM ThinkPad T30 2366 Notebook

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I can't re install windows XP Pro on my IBM T30 2366-86u

its oem, you either need IBMs restore cd for your particular laptop (model) or an xp pro (any service pack will do) OEM disk.
You can not get the OEM disk at best buy, circuit city target etc those are retail versions and will not work. or frys electronics are your best bet, but by buying it from them you are getting another copy of xp pro, just use the cd with the keycode on your laptop and then you can install xp pro on another pc using the code that came with the disk. MAKE SURE YOU ARE GETTING AN OEM VERSION AND NOT A RETAIL VERSION.

Some technical stuff:
 For the xp pro disk you MUST have the COA product key available, this is usually on the bottom of your laptop, for IBMs disk you just have to have an IBM WITH an IBM motherboard as without the motherboard it will not work. For example, the motherboard goes out and you replace it with a non ibm board it will only boot for 3-5 times, the ideaa is that this gives you time to get your documents off. This is per Microsoft agreement with ibm and all other Original equipment manufactures this include hp, dell etc.

sorry if this is too technical for you please let me know.

Oct 30, 2007 | IBM ThinkPad T30 2366 Notebook

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