Question about IBM ThinkPad DVD_ROM Ultrabay (73p3270) Internal DVD Drive
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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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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
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
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
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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