Strange Optical drive problem

Leonard Chatagnier lenc5570 at
Tue Nov 4 02:05:14 UTC 2008

--- On Mon, 11/3/08, squareyes <squareyes at> wrote:

> From: squareyes <squareyes at>
> Subject: Strange Optical drive problem
> To: "Ubuntu user technical support, not for general discussions" <ubuntu-users at>
> Date: Monday, November 3, 2008, 7:35 PM
> Hi all,
> have posted this problem before, may some new info.
> Machine Lenovo 0687  Optical drive will work OK to install
> both WinXP 
> and Ubuntu 8.04,
> but once systems installed no longer exists. Will not read
> any CD's 
> after install in both XP or Ubuntu,
> but will still look at bootable Disks after either system 
> installed, 
> e.g. will run live gparted cd. Knoppix.
> Any ideas much appreciated, Lenovo's only suggestion
> was to update bios, 
> which I have done.
No expert here by any stretch but have you:

Unmounted the cd drive before removing the disk? Seem that can be a problem from what I've seen on the list.

Installed the w32codecs and w64codecs if using 64 bit ubuntu. If you have 64 bit I think you may need both but for sure you need 32 bit if not on a 64 bit machine. Also enable the mediabuntu mirror. How to enable it was mentioned on the list this month but I don't remember the details. Googling should get you there.

If this doesn't solve your issue then wait for better help as this is all I remember.

Leonard Chatagnier
lenc5570 at

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