IMB Thinkpad R31 CD-ROM drive replacement
The CD-ROM drive of my IBM Thinkpad R31 was broken for a very long time. Wietze, a very friendly colleague this week was so kind to donate a replacement drive. The replacement job took about 20 minutes.
The most challenging part turned out to be the front cover of the CD drive. The front cover of the IBM Thinkpad R31 CD-ROM drive is not square but the donated drive did had a square front.
After some puzzling it turned out that there are two screws to be removed. After that, a notch has to be pressed and with a little bit of kind persuasion the front comes off.
The screws to be removed:
The notch to be pressed:
After the replacement of the front the replacement drive was fitted into the R31 (just sliding in), it was time for the final test.
matto@r31:~$ dmesg | grep -i hdc ide1: BM-DMA at 0xa898-0xa89f, BIOS settings: hdc:DMA, hdd:pio hdc: Compaq CRN-8245B, ATAPI CD/DVD-ROM drive hdc: attached ide-cdrom driver. hdc: ATAPI 24X CD-ROM drive, 128kB Cache, DMA
That looks ok. Now see if we can read a CD:
matto@r31:~$ su - Password: root@r31:~# mount /dev/hdc /mnt mount: block device /dev/hdc is write-protected, mounting read-only root@r31:~# ls /mnt ANNOUNCE.10_2 COPYING FAQ.TXT README.NPTL SPEAK_INSTALL.TXT kernels/ BOOTING.TXT COPYRIGHT.TXT FILELIST.TXT README.TXT Slackware-HOWTO slackware/ CHECKSUMS.md5 CRYPTO_NOTICE.TXT GPG-KEY RELEASE_NOTES UPGRADE.TXT CHECKSUMS.md5.asc ChangeLog.txt PACKAGES.TXT SPEAKUP_DOCS.TXT isolinux/ root@r31:~#
So we are happy again! Thanks a lot, Wietze!