Thinkpad 310/315 CD drive

By kiwijohn
Mar 30, 2004
  1. I recently bought an old TP310/315. Everything works fine except the CD drive which is recognized by the OS but won't read or activate CDs. Probably a hardware problem because if won't boot a bootable CD.

    I wonder where I can buy a s/h replacement drive. Nothing on E-Bay. I live in Australia.

    IBM can supply me with a new one . . . for $AU516!! I paid $AU150 for the machine ! What a joke!
  2. PanicX

    PanicX TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 669

    Try reseating the drive, laptops take a lot of bumps and if the pins become misalligned, you'll get the exact situation you have.
  3. kiwijohn

    kiwijohn TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Hey, I wish I'd read your reply before I paid $50 for an old laptop with an OK CD-drive, and another $50 to have it installed :-((

    But I'll check with my guru - the old one may be good as a future backup. A little bonus was to replace all the keys which had Japanese characters as well as English, with English only ones.

    Belated thanks for you help.
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