Installation instructions for the ThinkPad X61
The X61 is apparently very similar to a T61 internally. You may be able to find helpful tips in the installation instructions for the ThinkPad T61 for problems that are not solved here.
X61 won't boot from the CD-ROM/DVD drive (Solved)
Follow these instructions to enable your optical drive:
- Reboot your X61. Press the ThinkVantage button quickly when you see the ThinkPad screen and then press F1 enter BIOS.
- In BIOS, select Configure -> Serial ATA.
- Now, select Compatibility instead of AHCI.
- Exit BIOS and start your computer normally.