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IBM R32 Laptop - DVD/CDROM and booting Problem

Posted on 2004-09-15
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I have 5x IBM R32 laptops for users with only a year Warranty...:-(

My problem is when you boot up, it either won´t get past the BIOS (Just freezes) or it will boot and you cannot use the CDROM. IBM replaced one of the CDROMs and it worked for 3 months, then failed again. Now I have no warranty time left.

I have troubleshooted all I can with it including BIOS updates, IRQ settings, IBM Tools for this laptop, but no luck.

Thx in advance,

Bryan
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Can you boot with a CD? If you can, you may need to restore the CD drivers for your O/S. If you can't, a hardware problem seems the most likely cause, which may be either the laptop itself (bay connector, or cabling, or jumpering even, if applicable) or the optical drive gone bad.
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What happens if the cdrom is removed from the machine?  Does it boot then?

I'm just wondering if it is actually a cd rom problem or something else.

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by:Bgervais80
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Yes it boots then. This is the only way I can get it to work.
Without the cdrom booting is slow and I can´t turn off the Memory check, but once I make it to the OS, it is fine.
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