IBM ThinkPad CD-ROM issues...


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Drew

Hi all,

I have an IBM ThinkPad R32 running Win2000 Server and am experiencing
the following peculiar, annoying behaviour:

Neither the "Unplug or Eject Hardware" system tray icon nor the
"Control Panel > Add/Remove Hardware > Unplug/Uninstall a device"
display the CD-ROM drive which is installed in the laptop and which
seems to function ok. Moreover, the CD-ROM drive does appear in the
Device Manager.

I have downloaded all the latest patches & drivers from MSFT as well
as from IBM.

This is a problem only because I frequently need to swicth between my
CD-ROM drive and a second hard-drive (which, via a caddy, goes into
the CD-ROM drive bay) and have no way to safely switch between the two
devices without Shutting Down and then Restarting the laptop. [this
was never a problem for my various Dell and Compaq laptops :( ]

Any ideas/suggestions?

Many thanks in advance!
Frustrated "NoThought" Pad owner
 
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Drew

No I cannot, since I did not contact IBM support. I searched their
online knowledge base which was not revealing in any way.

Thanks,
Drew

Pavel A. said:
Can you quote reply that you got from IBM support?
--PA

Drew said:
Hi all,

I have an IBM ThinkPad R32 running Win2000 Server and am experiencing
the following peculiar, annoying behaviour:

Neither the "Unplug or Eject Hardware" system tray icon nor the
"Control Panel > Add/Remove Hardware > Unplug/Uninstall a device"
display the CD-ROM drive which is installed in the laptop and which
seems to function ok. Moreover, the CD-ROM drive does appear in the
Device Manager.

I have downloaded all the latest patches & drivers from MSFT as well
as from IBM.

This is a problem only because I frequently need to swicth between my
CD-ROM drive and a second hard-drive (which, via a caddy, goes into
the CD-ROM drive bay) and have no way to safely switch between the two
devices without Shutting Down and then Restarting the laptop. [this
was never a problem for my various Dell and Compaq laptops :( ]

Any ideas/suggestions?

Many thanks in advance!
Frustrated "NoThought" Pad owner
 
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Mike Brown

ThinkPad Ultrabay drives are not hot-swappable to the best of my knowledge.
In fact, I can't even swap my DVD for a battery. If they have made an
improvement since my ThinkPad A22, then maybe it's a BIOS setting, as it is
with Dell.

--

Mike Brown
Asset Forwarding Corp.
EPA-compliant Electronics Recycling
DoD 5220.22-M Data Elimination
http://www.assetforwarding.com
 
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Lawrence E. Oliver

ThinkPad Ultrabay drives are hot-swappable. I am running a T-20 and hot-swap
my DVD/CD-RW, my second battery, my 3.5" floppy, and my 30gb additional
hard-drive in an adapter. You just have to use the 'unplug or eject
hardware' program.

Larry
 
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Drew

With regards to the comment:
You just have to use the 'unplug or eject
hardware' program.

Please see my detailed explanation, specifically:
Neither the "Unplug or Eject Hardware" system tray icon nor the
"Control Panel > Add/Remove Hardware > Unplug/Uninstall a device"
display the CD-ROM drive which is installed in the laptop and which
seems to function ok. Moreover, the CD-ROM drive does appear in the
Device Manager.

Thanks,
Drew
 
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Lawrence E. Oliver

Drew -

Agreed - don't know why on your computer.

My comment was mainly reference the other one that said Ultrabay was not
hot-swappable at all.

Larry
 

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