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#1 twojo6

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Posted 01 June 2009 - 03:12 PM

My CD rom does not show under explorer as a drive. It does not always open when I hit the button. When I do get a cd in the drive nothing happens. If possible I'd like to get this working, then maybe replace it with a dvd burner in the future. Any idea in fixing this is appreciated. Thanks, Tom



I have an IBM ThinkPad T41 1.6GHz 1GB 60GB Combo XP Laptop

Bios vers 2.14 (1RET87WW)
Bios Date 2004-01-26
Embedded Controller Vers 2.04
Sys-unit serial number 23737FU999VVNN
Sys board serial number J1UY743L1N8
CPU type Intel Pentium M
Cpu speed 1.60GHz
Installed memory of 2GB

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#2 Sneakycyber

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Posted 01 June 2009 - 07:13 PM

Try removing the drive then re-inserting the drive. It should be held in by a #1 philips located on the back of the laptop. once the screw is removed the drive should slide out of its bay. Make sure there are no bent pins or build up of dust in the bay. Also peek inside the drive with a flashlight and make sure there is nothing on the laser.

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Posted 05 June 2009 - 04:39 PM

Sneakycyber, I removed the drive easily, but no dust, pins look ok, not sure of where the laser is - so I will google a video of it.
how do I prove that the drive bay is not defective?
Assuming the drive is kaput, what would you recommend per specs for a dvd replacement drive?

tia, Tom

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Posted 07 June 2009 - 02:35 PM

The only real way to test if the drive or the drive bay is bad is to try a known good drive in the laptop.

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Posted 07 June 2009 - 04:10 PM

I will try a good drive soon, and will let you know the result. TIA, Tom




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