[ltp] T420 DVD drive problems

David Woodfall linux-thinkpad@linux-thinkpad.org
Tue, 5 Feb 2013 23:19:12 +0000

On Tue, Feb 05, 2013 at 12:36:34AM -0500, Robert Tomsick <robert@tomsick.net> put forth the proposition:
>On Tue, 5 Feb 2013, David Woodfall wrote:
>>I seem to be having problems with my new(ish) T420 DVD drive, in that
>>CDs/DVDs often cannot be read by the system (Slackware 14.0/Linux
>>3.7.1) and lately the drive will eject a disk immediately after
>>shutting the drawer, so that it takes multiple closures to actually
>>get a disk in.
>>I'm going to buy a new one, but I wanted to ask if this is a known
>>problem with some brands of drives, and if there is anything to look
>>out for when buying a new one?
>If possible I'd avoid Sony just out of principle (namely because 
>after they installed rootkits on people's computers a few years back 
>it's a little hard to trust them.)
>But apart from that, pretty much any appropriately-sized SATA bay 
>drive will work, even ones that aren't ThinkPad parts.  About the 
>only problem you might have with an aftermarket drive would be the 
>bezel not fitting -- and that can often be worked around with some 
>creative recycling and/or the application of an appropriately-sized 
>Dremel tool...

Ok, thanks Rob.