This is a Thinkpad T430, running W10 32 bit. The DVD drive is listed,
but discs cannot be read. Tried various home made and commercial disks,
which used to work. The head is parked where it should be, and moves
freely. Laser has been gently cleaned. The drive LED flashes, and
drive 'clicks' as expected.
Tried searching for a new driver, uninstalling and reinstalling, and the
Windows Troubleshooter, rebooting after each operation. Still nothing.
This *may* have happened after the last Windows upgrade, but not sure.
Any bright ideas?
On Thu, 20 Apr 2017 18:52:51 +0100, Graham. wrote:
Had a strange one recently.
I was writing a full DVD (data). It apparently wrote OK, but then I
compared it back to the image (as I usually do).
The comparison was noisy (lots of motor speed changes) and VERY slow
(about 3-5% of the usual speed).
I checked the DVD on two other drives and it read perfetly at full speed.
So the drive writes OK, but can't read well.
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On Friday, April 21, 2017 at 6:18:16 AM UTC+10, Brian Gaff wrote:
I have come across a DVD which did not read while there is a healthy noise
of the drive motor running. On opening I found a little rubber drive belt (
which is part of design to move the disc under the led-laser head) had snap
ped. It a 25 mm dia rubber ring and I used a rubber band of the size to tr
y and it worked. Caution: you may ahave to dismantle the laser head with it
s plastic mounting to get to the rubber belt, When putting the thing back t
he laser head alignment may need adjustment, a simple matter of a screw adj
ust mechanism provided therin.
Sadly, nothing :-(
I have tried a selection of CDs and DVDs, home made and commercial, but
none will play. I think the drive must be dead even though the
transport side seems to be working OK. I am using Windows DVD Player
I tried booting from an Ubuntu disc, but that did not work, either.
Usually the problem is to be able to get one for a specific laptop.
sometimes laptop drives can be fitted into the existing plastic bit from the
laptop, but I've seen these sealed so that if the manufacturer does not
supply spares then you are stuffed unless yu fancy brain surgery on the
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OK, didn't see that it was a laptop, but still less than a Norwegian pint!
Check if the Dell GT10N is suitable, seems even cheaper, also GT33N.
Be VERY careful - you need a 9.5mm thick drive and its probably worth
buying the exact part.
There are a couple of used ones at a fiver on ebay but I dont think they
are exactly the same
Of course since removing it is so easy maybe a bit of TLC with a cotton
bud and some alcohol on the optics might fix it
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There are countless numbers and references, but it is described as
Lenovo DVD Multi III, and has the Drive P/N 45N7666.
There is also FRU P/N 04X4678
ASM P/N SDX0E53148
Manufactured October 2013
That's probably the easiest one to search ebay/amazon with, and there
are several there, some of those listings will include alternative part
numbers, such as the ones I listed, so search for those too - if the
plastics are fine on yours you might be able to go for one without the
bezel and get it cheaper if fewer people want that ...
Thank you all for the help and advice. Replacement drive arrived today,
now fitted and working. 12.50 including postage. It arrived with a not
quite the same bezel which had to be changed, and took forever, despite
watching a YouTube video. Just couldn't see the little clips. Anyway,
all done and dusted now.
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