Have a Lenovo Thinkpad R400, came with a CD Burner/DVD reader
So, bought a BC-5500s and installed it in my laptop. It worked. Mistake #1 was trying to update the firmware from sony optiarc website. It hardly got into it and errored out. The drive stopped working, won’t even show up and freezes windows every couple seconds. Ordered another. New drive does same thing.
Tried both drives in another laptop and they both work. I thought I fried something on my laptop, but the old cdrw/dvd drive works, as well as an aftermarket lite-on dvd burner. So OEM and Non-OEM drived work in it. But neither of the new 5500S drives work. Does anyone have ANY CLUE why a botched firmware update would make my laptop hate just this optical drive model???
Attempts to fix…
Tried compatible and HCPI mode
Tried resetting bios to default settings
All other optical drives work, but neither comfirmed “working” 5500S drives work in this laptop.
The origional drive which failed the upgrade is currently in my wife’s Toshiba and working beautifully.
Lenovo tech support was no help.