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T20 how do you remove the cd/dvd drive from ibm t20 thinkpad

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Good afternoon Lewis!
Close to the right rear corner, there is a small black plastic latch that needs to be moved to the rear. That will cause a blue handle to pop out slightly. You grasp that handle and pull. That should release the CD drive and allow for it's removal.

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2 Scroll through the options and select the option to boot from your T20's CD/DVD drive.
3 Press the "Enter" key at the welcome window and press the "F8" key once you have read (and agreed to) the license terms for installing the software.
4 Select the drive on which you want to install Windows XP and press the "C" button, followed by the "Enter" button.
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- replace the hd and cmos battery,
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Hello again, Lewis!
I take it that you got the CD unit out of your laptop?
If you would be so kind as to sent me the FRU number, or exactly how it is labeled (such as "CD-RW/DVD") I should be able to provide what you are looking for.

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So, what is it you want to do?
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