06-01-2010 08:37 AM
About two weeks ago my DVD drive stopped working. I haven't dropped the laptop. The icon is still there in My Computer. But it appears the motor has died. Media doesn't spin up when a disk is inserted. I've searched the Lenovo Parts site but haven't found a replacement drive. Has anyone else had to replace their drive? If so, where did you get the part? Or will it just be cheaper to buy an outboard USB drive (which I loathe to do because it means carrying additional hardware)?
06-01-2010 07:59 PM
it will be cheaper just to go with the external optical drive.
Or you could consider getting the post warranty warranty.
06-02-2010 01:53 PM - edited 06-02-2010 01:56 PM
Hi and welcome to the forum postal12587,
You can find part number from this link:- http://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/site.wss/document.do?sitestyle=lenovo&lndocid=MIGR-70451 and then try calling IBM parts.
Alternatively you can try ebay:- http://cgi.ebay.com/Lenovo-Thinkpad-SL300-SL400-SL500-DL-DVD-DVD-R-RW-Drive-/400107570837?cmd=ViewIt...
USB drive might be cheap, but it will mean carrying extra luggage as you pointed out. Do a self assessment yourself. When mobile, do I need an optical drive? If so, can I compromise inconvenience of lugging an extra device over green value? etc.
Hope it helps.
Maliha (I don't work for lenovo)
ThinkPads:- T400[Win 7], T60[Win 7], IBM 240[Win XP]
IdeaPad: U350Apple:- Macbook Air [Snow Leopard]
06-02-2010 06:27 PM
I've gotten as far as the IBM/Lenovo link you supplied before but didn't consider Ebay as an option. The only internal drives that seem to be on the site are here >>
None of the drives listed on the above page seem to be replacements for the SL500. It's late here in CT right now and I work the night shift. But I'll research the drive numbers to see if the Ebay listing you gave will work. Thanks for your input.
07-02-2010 05:57 AM
Actually didn't solve it yet. So many things get in the way (aka, had to pay annual property tax on my car)! I've been watching eBay in order to get as exact a match as I can on the FRU. One bid was a match but the DVD was removed from another computer. Made me wonder how much life was left if mine died. Will post an update as soon as I make a final decision.
If you want to watch eBay here's the link for the search: