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Thinkpad having trouble reading CD-R

#1 Post by EXTRAordinary » Sat Sep 04, 2021 11:04 pm

One of my ThinkPads I just got can't see data on the recordable CDs I have. It can read regular CDs fine and it can read some old recordable CDs I have that are a different brand but I no longer have blank disks of. Is this a known issue with older computers not reading some brands of CD-Rs? Are there brands that work well? Thanks
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Re: Thinkpad having trouble reading CD-R

#2 Post by axur-delmeria » Sun Sep 05, 2021 12:38 am

Which Thinkpad model do you have?

I've personally experienced old CD drives being very picky with discs similar to your issue, but it was an ancient 760XD.

To add to that, most likely the cause is the age of the CD drive itself.
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Re: Thinkpad having trouble reading CD-R

#3 Post by EXTRAordinary » Sun Sep 05, 2021 8:37 am

It is a G40
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Re: Thinkpad having trouble reading CD-R

#4 Post by axur-delmeria » Sun Sep 05, 2021 10:32 am

Replacing the CD drive with a DVD drive may solve your problem. A quick internet search yielded an unanswered question in the Lenovo forums regarding a G40 with a similar issue, specifically with a CD drive manufactured by Teac.
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Re: Thinkpad having trouble reading CD-R

#5 Post by EXTRAordinary » Wed Sep 08, 2021 7:45 pm

I got it to work. I had to record the CD on the slowest write speed and then it would read the disk.
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Re: Thinkpad having trouble reading CD-R

#6 Post by axur-delmeria » Wed Sep 08, 2021 10:32 pm

Good to hear. Haven't burned a CD in years TBH. Kinda forgot that issue. :oops:
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Backup: X601 Core 2 Duo T8100
Toy: X60F Core Solo U1300
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RIP: 760XD 9546-U9E; X61 7676-A24; and a BOE-Hydis HV121P01-100 in failed SXGA+ mod
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