I have the A31 2652-M3U come with the Ultrabay 2000 and came factory with the combo CD-RW/DVD ROM. Yesterday I purchased an upgrade drive (supossedly for the A31) a NEC DVD-RW ND-6650A. This was neccessary as the 700MB disks were no longer cutting it for my Autocad files. The A31 recognized the new drive as plug and play yet when I try to use it, I get the error message that "the disc in the drive is not a writable CD or is full." When I troubleshoot the problem, the A31 says the drive is working properly, but seems to think it is a CD-RW/DVD combo disk and not the DVD-RW. So, oh great Guru's of the technical world what should I do....and please don't tell me to buy another computer :)
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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.
Verify that the drive is seated properly in the ThinkPad system by reseating the drive. If another similar machine is available, then verify that the drive works in the other machine and that the other drive works in this machine. Notes:
The CD-ROM, CD-RW, or DVD drives cannot be removed in ThinkPad G40 and R50e systems.
Shut down, remove the power cord, and remove the battery from the ThinkPad system before removing the CD-ROM, CD-RW, or DVD drive.
Supports two additional hard drives which can be used concurrently to offer expanded storage
S.M.A.R.T technology to issue an alert if a hardware failure is pending
ATA Bus Interface
Although you can upgrade the hard
drive, it is not designed to be removed and reinserted on a regular
basis. Repeated and frequent removal, for purposes other than to upgrade
for greater capacity, can cause damage to the system. The Ultrabay 2000
hard drive adapter is designed to provide this flexibility with a
second hard drive in the Ultrabay 2000
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:
IBM Lenovo ThinkPad R50
IBM Lenovo ThinkPad R50p
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)
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.
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.
I don't mean to disagree with my associate, but DVD players for R series (or T, A, etc) can be found for less than 20.00 US (Ebay is a good example)
For that matter, we've got at least a dozen at our shop which we sell for 25.00
Installation is very simple as well, just pop the old drive out, put the new drive in.