Strange Optical drive problem

squareyes squareyes at
Tue Nov 4 02:42:08 UTC 2008

Leonard Chatagnier wrote:
> --- 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
Thanks Leonard,
drive works to install, but will not look at any nonbootable cd's
Ran lshw, and there is no cdrom listed.

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