I have and use a Lenovo Thinkpad T520 laptop. It is a great little machine – fast, reliable, lots of easy to use features. In general, I like Lenovo products and recommend them to others.
I absolutely HATE the DVD drive. It has a flaw that was starting to drive me nuts. The little DVD door release button is not only unbelievably sensitive to touch, it is also NOT recessed. Whenever I picked up the laptop, or adjusted how it sits in my lap, or moved it around on my desk – I would invariably touch the DVD door release button and cause the DVD tray to eject.
Even the slightest brush causes the door to open. Heck, I would even swear it has opened on me without even toughing it! How annoying!
So, I decided to do something about it. I thought a software utility might exist (I found a great one that calmed down the fan on my old Lenovo T500), or if not, maybe I could just put some kind of “shield” over the button so I couldn’t touch it by accident.
On a Lenovo forum I discovered a lot of other people experiencing the same issue. Apparently the flaw also plagues the T400 line of laptops as well as the T500 line. Lots of complaints were filed with Lenovo, and in some cases replacement DVDs were sent to the complaining customers, but I really didn’t want to mess with all that. I just wanted it to stop as soon as I could with the fewest hassles.
Finally, I found a post by “Edward”, a sharp guy who wrote his own utility to remedy the problem for himself. The utility is called LockCD, and that’s exactly what it does.
When LockCD is started, it scans your Windows device drivers and lists your CD or DVD drives. You can select a drive from the list and lock it down (see image to the left). LockCD then resides in your system tray, and you can set it to start up when Windows starts if you want.
The best part is – the utility works like a charm! No more accidental opens, no more popup windows when the DVD is reinserted. Happy at last.
So, if you have the same problem with the DVD on your laptop, you can download LockCD from the following line at SourceForge:
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