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Is CD/DVD showing in my computer?
Are you reading retail or homemade CDs?
Use retail to test reader, any will do.
Not all homemades work in all readers.
Look here:
http://repair.laptopsinfo.net/How_to_open_toshiba_equium_laptop

Posted on Apr 04, 2010

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