Fixing an Annoying Lenovo Flaw

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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.

However….

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.

LockCD dashboard

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:

LockCD Wiki

 

 

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    • FrinkLimpood
    • February 19, 2014
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    Are The Lenovo Thinkpad ‘SL’ Models Good? Reliable? Quality? Im after a lenovo thinkpad sl410 and like to know a bit more about the ‘sl’ models as they’re the cheapest ‘thinkpads’, have they compromised quality of the laptops? ??350 seems too cheap for a lenovo thinkpad with 3gb ram and pentium dual core 2.2ghz!

    thanks

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      • Admin
      • February 19, 2014
      Reply

      Yes the Lenovo thinkpad Sl410 in particular is really good I know this because my organisation uses these and they are very reliable and come with good processors and RAM etc and all at a very good price..

      I would recommend these to anyone looking for a cheap alternative that is very powerful.

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    • Homer H
    • February 27, 2014
    Reply

    What Intel?(R) Graphics Media Does Lenovo Thinkpad R60i Use? Is there any software so I can upgrade for free?

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      • Admin
      • February 27, 2014
      Reply

      According to Lenovo, when equipped with Intel GMA, it uses the GMA 950 chipset.

      Not sure what you mean by a software update exactly, but the downloads at Lenovo’s site do not list something specific to the Intel graphics:

      Downloads link (Lenovo):
      http://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/site.wss/product.do?template=/productpage/landingpages/productPageLandingPage.vm&brandind=10&familyind=383266&machineind=0&modelind=0&partnumberind=0&subcategoryind=0&doctypeind=9&doccategoryind=0&operatingsystemind=49979&validate=true&nextdocumentset=26

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    • FrinkLimpood
    • April 6, 2014
    Reply

    Are The Lenovo Thinkpad ‘SL’ Models Good? Reliable? Quality? Im after a lenovo thinkpad sl410 and like to know a bit more about the ‘sl’ models as they’re the cheapest ‘thinkpads’, have they compromised quality of the laptops? ??350 seems too cheap for a lenovo thinkpad with 3gb ram and pentium dual core 2.2ghz!

    thanks

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    1. Reply

      Yes the Lenovo thinkpad Sl410 in particular is really good I know this because my organisation uses these and they are very reliable and come with good processors and RAM etc and all at a very good price..

      I would recommend these to anyone looking for a cheap alternative that is very powerful.

      View Comment
    • Kathiravan Neethimani
    • April 14, 2014
    Reply

    Pros And Cons Of Lenovo Thinkpad W520? Please suggest me about how good is Thinkpad W520 pros and Cons

    AS I AM .NET SOFTWARE DEVELOPER , how will this Thinkpad W520 benefits our developers?
    Please suggest Someother for me if it does not suite for Software developers

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    1. Reply

      Hi!
      Okay..here’s what you need to know:

      It is a genuine 15-inch ThinkPad mobile workstation, the W520 delivers serious performance for experts who require it.

      Pros

      * Excellent all-around performance
      * Beautiful 95% color gamut FHD display
      * Solid quality
      * Comfortable keyboard with great tactile feedback

      Cons

      * Collects dust and grease easily
      * Below par audio quality
      * Expensive for many configurations and options

      The Lenovo ThinkPad W520 is Lenovo's upgrade towards the W510 mobile workstation notebook. This 15.6-inch notebook is powered by as much as an Intel Core i7-2920XM processor and designed with up to and including discrete NVIDIA Quadro 2000M GPU, switchable to Intel HD integrated graphics.

      Quick Specs

      ThinkPad W520 Laptop - Intel Core i7-2620M (2.70GHz, 4MB L3).

      Hope this Helps!
      Thanks and Take care!

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    • Richard c
    • April 14, 2014
    Reply

    2003 Kia Optima Gas Filler Auto Release Button? Where is the automatic release button for the gas filler door on a 2003 kia optima?i bought the car used.I cannot find where it is inside the car.The only button i see is the automatic trunk release button on the lower part if the inside drivers side door.I can’t put gas in my car.

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      The gas cap will relase by holding down the unlock button on the remote……or you can pop the trunk and look behind the liner on the side where the gas fill is and there should be a manual override lever to open your gas flap!!! good luck!!!!!

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    • Chantelle
    • May 31, 2014
    Reply

    Lenovo X131e Thinkpad Laptop Keeps Turning Off!!? I have a Lenovo X131e Thinkpad laptop and I was using it and it just turned off
    So I turned it back on and after a few seconds it just turned off again! I’ve done it like 3 times now please help!!?

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      LENOVO http://support.lenovo.com/en_US/
      Phone numbers Our toll free number is 1800-850-9661
      International Callers +1 (818) 334-5309

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      This site will help with repairs http://www.ccl-la.com/blog/

      Good luck…

      I like this forum and enjoy helping when I can…

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