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Dvd drive does not work on thinkpad R51

I bought the computer used and since I got it the dvd drive had a hard time reading discs. The drive use to start up after multiple tries (taking out the cd, putting it back in) and start spinning. Now it will not read anything at all. My computer is running on linux but used to have windows xp and the pcdoctor gave me multiple errors on it. I have reinstalled the drivers numerous times and I'm pretty computer savvy but this drive has stumped me. Please Help!

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Internal the pickup assy. (the laser) there are three components that read the discs, one for DVD one for CD and one for the DVD-ROM its likely that the DVD-ROM laser has gone out. Take the drive out and get the part number and look it up online on ebay or the like :-)

Posted on Sep 15, 2007

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SOURCE: Device clicks when I insert DVD and can't read the disk

Try cleaning the lens, when a drive clicks in a certain way, its trying to read the disk, especially if you place your habd on the drive and it feels like its speedin gup and slowing down. Those are signs of the computer recalibrating the laser, or attemptong to, to read the media.

Posted on Oct 28, 2007

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I also have the same problem. I've tried all the above plus some added info. The floppy still works when I swap it with the DVD. Occasionally it works for a short time right after a hard boot but soon after it appears to uninstall. I have searched the net for answers to this problem without success. I tried the registry correction without avail. There has been some online comments that the problem appeared after an auto update from uSoft. I believe the problem is software or firmware related.

Posted on Dec 28, 2007

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SOURCE: My thinkpad T42 will not read any cds

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Posted on Feb 13, 2008

SOURCE: R40 Thinkpad CD drive

I also have an IBM R40 with a combo drive that showed the same symptoms. I switched the drive with two another two which I can assure that work 100% correctly, and the same problem happens. First the drive wasn't detected some of the times, or it got randomly "disconnected" while the laptop was on. Nowadays (about 1 year ago), the drive never gets detected, not by the BIOS or by the operating system (Linux, but also tried on Windows), even so, If I don't keep the drive disconnected, when the laptop boots the BIOS hangs for a long time like it was trying to detect the drive, but it doesn't. It turns out that is a system board problem. Hope this helps you on finding the solution. Regards

Posted on Aug 25, 2008

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First try buying a CD/DVD Cleaner Disc. Let it try to run a few times; the lense could be just dirty. If that doesn't help, go to Amazon.com and look up your model of thinkpad and see how much a new drive for it will run ya!!! ^_^

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From the microsoft support website:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/330135

This issue may occur if one or more of the following conditions are true:
* A version of Roxio Easy CD Creator that is earlier than version 5.02d is installed in your computer.
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IBM thinkpad R51 won't boot and the blue screen with unmountable-boot-volume comes up and i cannot bypass it.


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Hello,

its either its a lens problem or that was how the CD/DVD Drive was made.

There are some drives that doesn't play white face discs, that is, they select disc and don't play all CD's, so maybe yours fall under this category.

How long have you been using your laptop and has it ever played Cd/Vcd's before?

If it plays them before, then it means your drive's lens is weak, but if it has never played them before, then it means that's how the player was made.

Which ever way, you still have an option of replacing the drive if you wish.

Take care.

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You might be best off to take your computer back in time.

Start > Help and Support > Undo changes made to my computer > Restore my computer to an earlier time > Pick a date at which time the cd was working properly. This will fix the driver problem..

Please let me know if this works for you, or if you have problems doing it.

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Download "DRIVER MAX" it will automaticlly find devices, and find the drivers for them, then you choose what to update. And best of all it's free.

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clean the lens of the drive and try. else it is a hardware problem. reach a computer service shop for hardware fault

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Computer CD-ROM drive help and technical information. However, DVD-RAM discs cannot be read by standard DVD-ROM drives because of the differences in both reflectivity of the medium and the data format.

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