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Problem: Matshita SR-8175 DVD-ROM in IBM Thinkpad A21m 2628-GSG


My DVD-ROM is very selective of what CD's and DVD's it recognises. It does not seem to matter if it is a + or -, R or RW... I have tested the CD/DVD's that do not work in my laptop in other DVD drives, and they are fine... Somebody suggested it could be the format they're written in...

I am running Windows XP SP2, and according to all the forums, etc on the web, the driver isn't the problem. I have come across suggestions of BIOS and firmware updates, but I am not sure if that is the thing to do first.

Any input whatsoever would be greatly appreciated!! I am lost without those "unreadable" CD/DVD's!

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Re: Problem: Matshita SR-8175 DVD-ROM in IBM Thinkpad...

Update the firmware is the 1st thing to do ok to read more disk

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