Solved i want to install a dvd driver on my.IBM thinkpad I1400.

May 31, 2014 at 20:04:52
Specs: windows 98, Intell 2 proc. / 32mb
Ii want to install a dvd driver on thinkpad I1400. I .was told today it only had a 32mb ram. Half gig hard drive. Intell 2 processor. If i can get a driver where can i.go to get a freedown load of a driver for this? Any help on this would be grately appreciated.

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June 1, 2014 at 06:14:29
Also, to do much with this machine, you likely also need to upgrade the RAM to something more than 32MB. Also according to this:

https://www.kahlon.com/rm5644_IBM_T...

the maximum that machine can handle is 256MB. You'll also need to find software (an older version of VLC should work) and external USB device-drivers that are compatible with Win98 (this should help: http://www.technical-assistance.co.... ) if movie-watching is your goal (you don't completely state what you're planning this for). Also a half-gig drive (appx 500MB) almost has to be full if you've added much of anything to Win98. At least 2GB would be the norm for most machines of that era. Given all this, you may find that upgrading that machine to do what you want just isn't financially prudent...

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#1
May 31, 2014 at 22:52:39
What operating system are you using, and what make and model is your DVD drive? You may not need a driver; if you do, get it from the manufacturers web site.

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June 1, 2014 at 00:21:36
The.only ans i can give is this it has windows 98,.in sys info it says <system with> cd rom attatched. I looked thru device manger and accross some things i dont know. As far as looking thru multi.media i found a few audio drivers i believe. I am not real familiar of what im looking at. I need to be told where to go to find files like that. I went to device mangr and looked.around and under driver file details i found cdrive winn sys files. I actually sent the mess before i was done. Can u tell me where to go and what to look for? I do understand basic things. Maybe there is no video driver in it. It does have plug and play but i dont remember what means.

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June 1, 2014 at 00:49:43
If your system says it has a CD ROM attached then it cannot play DVDs. You need a DVD drive for that; considering the age of the computer it is not surprising that it does not have a DVD drive.

All available drivers and software for this computer can be found at the Lenovo web site: http://support.lenovo.com/en_US/det...


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June 1, 2014 at 01:12:34
I additional comment. If i get.a.dvd.driver doesnt software have to be with it? I just dont install the driver and it works all of a sudden, does it?

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#5
June 1, 2014 at 01:31:58
A DVD driver will let your computer read DVDs (assuming it has a DVD drive), but not play commercial DVD movies. You need additional software for that. Normally a computer that is supplied with a DVD drive comes with such software, and the necessary drivers.

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June 1, 2014 at 01:45:35
Well i believe there is no dvd drive in this laptop. It only has the floppy and the cd rom disc slots. So since there is no dvd drive(that im aware of like i said.i could not locate dvd drive on device manager) , that means the laptop cant be updated or configured for a dvd drive? You have to remember i know things with computers and some things i dont. I truly appreciate your input.

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#7
June 1, 2014 at 03:40:07
If you can't physically install a dvd unit into the lap top, as in there isn't one made to fit/replace the current cdcm... Then use an external unit. Get one that allows you to power it externally as well as from the laptop. This presumes the laptop does have at least one - preferably more - usb sockets.

Simply connect it the laptop and it ought to see it as another (external) device/drive showing in explorer.

As already advised you will need additional software to view movies, and a freebie version usually comes with most units; at least enough to get you going. There isn't usually a need to install drivers for the the dvd unit ( be it a dvdrom or dvd burner), but to burn discs you will need suitable software ( depending on the OS installed).


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June 1, 2014 at 06:14:29
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Also, to do much with this machine, you likely also need to upgrade the RAM to something more than 32MB. Also according to this:

https://www.kahlon.com/rm5644_IBM_T...

the maximum that machine can handle is 256MB. You'll also need to find software (an older version of VLC should work) and external USB device-drivers that are compatible with Win98 (this should help: http://www.technical-assistance.co.... ) if movie-watching is your goal (you don't completely state what you're planning this for). Also a half-gig drive (appx 500MB) almost has to be full if you've added much of anything to Win98. At least 2GB would be the norm for most machines of that era. Given all this, you may find that upgrading that machine to do what you want just isn't financially prudent...

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."

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