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Thinkpad T500 will not boot to dvd

Laptop donated to non-profit has been wiped.  Trying to install new OS. Screen flashes for a millisecond something about firmware (maybe update?), but it will not boot from the Vista or XP dvd.  I can't flash the bios as it won't read the dvd.  I have gone into the bios and have the dvd priority boot to no avail.  I also connected an external dvd player via usb and same result.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Go to the Lenovo site and then Support. Look for the Drive Matrix (left hand side) and then select ThinkPad and then your model number (T500 might do it).

Now look down the driver matrix for a BIOS update that you can install from a file. That should work - I do this with my ThinkPad X230 that has no CD. Follow the directions very carefully and make sure the battery is fairly well charged and the AC Adapter is plugged in before you start.

Update the BIOS and try reading the DVD again.

You can also look (driver matrix) for a DVD reader/writer update that you can download and apply.

.... Thinkpads_User
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nobusCommented:
it can simply be a bad cd-DVD drive; in that case, replace it, they're cheap, and easy to replace
if you have other laptops around, you can test with a working drive
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oneononecompAuthor Commented:
Sorry for the delayed response.  I flashed the bios through the external DVD and resolved the problem.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
@oneononecomp - Thank you for the update and I was happy to help.
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