Funny thing happened. The notebook drive apparently will read things when the notebook itself is upside down, not right side up. I tried to install winxp pro right side up, and it kept on giving me file corrupt messages. The install finally stopped at 83% and would go no further. I then had to reboot and while loading up it gave me another error message which I can't recall anymore. Anyway, I tried restarting the computer numerous times and got the same error message. Down to my last straw, I figured I would give this a shot. I flipped the notebook upside down and turned on the laptop with the os cd in the drive. It booted off the cd and everthing was hunky dory so I flipped the notebook right side up again. At times the drive would try to retrieve something from the cd, but nothing would happen. So I had to flip the notebook over again and to my surprise it worked. So I ended up installing the whole os on the notebook while holding it up in the air upside down. After installing the os though, I tried other cds and the drive still had trouble reading the disks. It was only when I turned the notebook upside down did the optical drive read the disk. Is this a defective optical drive, or is there something I can do to fix it myself so I don't have to ship it back? I mean its brand new laptop and I shouldn't be stuck with a defective optical drive.
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9/23/04 at 1:39am