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DVD-RW IBM A31 Thinkpad problem

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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  • Anonymous Apr 03, 2008

    hi Im antony I want to buy a new cd-rw/dvd for my a31 thinkpad can your refer me to where to buy a decent one not to expensive. too I want burn movie from my movie files onto a dvd how do I this, is it via a converter



  • Anonymous Mar 17, 2014

    CD-RW behaves strangely. some times its reads the cd and other time just reads and stop responding in between



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I take it you are trying to "send to" files to the DVD-RW?You can't burn a DVD just with windows XP . It only supports CDRW drives.

Get commercial software like Roxio or Nero, or download a free CD burning program like this one:

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