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Re: IBM Thinkpad R32 Series Laptop Problems

2008-08-05, 21:05 PM

Try another drive and see what happens.

 

If the second drive is not seen either, you have a motherboard problem.

 

Good luck. 

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Re: IBM Thinkpad R32 Series Laptop Problems

2008-08-05, 21:58 PM
I tried an external DVD ROM drive that I have and that is recognized.
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Re: IBM Thinkpad R32 Series Laptop Problems

2008-08-05, 22:11 PM
I meant another UltraBay drive...
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Re: IBM Thinkpad R32 Series Laptop Problems

2008-08-05, 22:36 PM
I am sorry, the other R32 that I did the initial swapping with is in California. I do remember putting this dvd-rom drive in the other R32 and it was recognized and worked, but when placed into this machine, it was not recognized. I may have to consider buying a replacement drive to see what happens. I will try to source a vendor.
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Re: IBM Thinkpad R32 Series Laptop Problems

2008-08-05, 23:07 PM
eBay is your best bet. Look for any type of UltraBay 2000 drive, CD-ROM shouldn't run you more than $15 shipped.
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Re: IBM Thinkpad R32 Series Laptop Problems

2008-08-05, 23:20 PM
Thanks for the info. I will try that.
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Re: IBM Thinkpad R32 Series Laptop Problems

2008-08-12, 3:47 AM
I received the Ultrabay 2000 CD-ROM drive from Ebay today and installed it and the BIOS still does not recognize it.
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Re: IBM Thinkpad R32 Series Laptop Problems

2008-08-12, 4:12 AM

I've read about this issue before but have never dealt with it myself. What I can tell you for a fact now that you've tested the unit with another drive is that you have a motherboard problem. There is no known fix (at least not to me) for this issue.

 

A fellow TPF forum member had reported this problem a couple of years ago on a R32, and went through several different drives until he found one that was recognized in BIOS. He had parts and time to spare, which is a predicament that most people don't have, and there's no guarantee that you'll eventually find the drive...

 

Depending on your needs, you may want to get a USB media drive, or get rid of the R32 altogether and purchase a newer machine.

 

Good luck and let us know. 

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Re: IBM Thinkpad R32 Series Laptop Problems

2008-08-12, 5:31 AM
I don't know whether this means anything, but I just ran PC Doctor for Windows and I got a clean bill of health on the motherboard.
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Re: IBM Thinkpad R32 Series Laptop Problems

2008-08-12, 16:50 PM
I'm not sure whether PC-Doctor would necessarily detect this type of defect...
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