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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.
I assume that you are trying to boot off of your battery and that possibly an update to your BIOS was performed and now you need to boot with a power adapter plugged in. IBM is touchy with this kind of thing. If you have your adapter plugged in, I might check to see if it has a light to indicate power on it and if it doesn't check the adapter where the power cord from the wall plugs into the adapter to make sure it is well seated.
If it is a direct replacement drive, exact size as old drive, then all you need to do is remove the old cd drive and slide the new drive into the slot until the back plug engages. Install new drivers as needed and any software that came with new drive. Hope this helps.