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IBM Thinkpad 760XL

#1 Post by ChrisPal » Mon Apr 15, 2019 2:43 pm

Hello everyone,

I purchased an IBM Thinkpad 760XL running Windows 95. It has an internal cdrom drive and came with an external floppy drive. I have a burned copy of Windows98SE and want to upgrade but for some reason it only reads the cd as audio. I have tested the cd rom drive with a normal cd and it reads it perfectly. I have used IMGBURN and CDBURNXP to burn data files but still will not read the cd as a data disk only audio. I have finalized the session, used 8:3format, ISO9660, etc. Is there something else I need to do to get the cdrom to read the cd? Thank you for your help

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Re: IBM Thinkpad 760XL

#2 Post by Thinkpad4by3 » Mon Apr 15, 2019 3:03 pm

Generally as a rule of thumb, most CD drives pre-97 or 98 won't read burned CD-R. Your basically stuck finding an OEM 98 disc.
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Re: IBM Thinkpad 760XL

#3 Post by ChrisPal » Mon Apr 15, 2019 3:35 pm

I appreciate your response. I have a Toshiba 430 CDT which is also from the same time period maybe a year later than the thinkpad 760xl, running Windows 98SE and reads burned cd's with no problems and has all original hardware. Thanks again for your help.

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Re: IBM Thinkpad 760XL

#4 Post by fultontech » Mon Apr 15, 2019 4:31 pm

You may need to look up information on the specific part number for your drive. If it will read CD-R, you may need to try a few of the expensive brands. Even when updating current IBM systems firmware from CD-ROM there are short lists of what type of media types you need to use (i.e. CD-R not CD-R+, etc.). You may need to burn a few copies of an ISO on modern CD media just to get one that can be read by an older drive.
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#5 Post by Bondi » Mon Apr 15, 2019 4:46 pm

In my experience to increase the chances that an old drive reads a CD-R the disk should be burnt at the minimum possible speed. Also using noname CD-R disks is more preferrabe than branded ones (except for TDK). Cleaning the lens and the area under it with compressed air also helps.
And I would't say that most CD drives pre-97 or 98 won't read burned CD-R. I have 3 or 4 drives from 94, 98 and 96 and all of them read CD-Rs.
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Re: IBM Thinkpad 760XL

#6 Post by Jefferson » Mon Apr 15, 2019 6:07 pm

Not to confuse the original poster, but my experience with 380s have been the opposite. They wouldn't read factory-printed recovery discs and Windows OEM discs. But the copies I made using a modern PC, they would read them fine. From this, I always thought that it's the "freshness" of the copy that matters to those old drives. The CDs do seem to degrade over time.

Also keep in mind that 760s are slightly older than 380s so there's that.
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Re: IBM Thinkpad 760XL

#7 Post by Bondi » Tue Apr 16, 2019 3:12 am

Indeed even factory-printed discs degrade in time.
But what i meant is that cheap noname freshly burnt CD-Rs are read better by old drives.
This is waht one seller told me and it is also in line with my experience.

I also read that (but never tried myself) that there are adjustable resistors inside of some drives that allow to increase the laser power. Some people report that they made the drives read the disks after this. So you may want to try this if nothing else helps.
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Re: IBM Thinkpad 760XL

#8 Post by ChrisPal » Tue Apr 16, 2019 9:05 am

Good morning everyone,

Thank you so much for all of your valuable feed back. I have been burning on a Verbatim CD-R which is supposed to be a very good brand and most CDROMS read these CDs. I have burning at 4x speed but I will try and burn at 2x instead and see if this makes a difference. My CDROM drive is a TEAC-46-E that came with the 760XL. As I mentioned above, I have a Toshiba Satellite PRO 430CDT that has no problems reading burned CDs. I am trying to exhaust all of my options before I purchase an OEM of Windows 98SE. Thank you

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