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Would You Spend Money To Replace An Optical Disk Drive On An Older Laptop?


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#1 Bernie70

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Posted 13 June 2008 - 12:48 AM

Hi there, Just needing some opinions on whether I should replace my 3 year old laptop's optical drive. The DVD-/+RW drive just burned out (pretty sure from the diagnostic test) and it can't read anything. I do have a replacement drive from previously when I called customer support to complain about how I had to open the drive manually. They sent me a replacement, but I didn't even use it because I got the other one to work, so it's been sitting around for a while now.

The thing is, I don't want to install it myself since I've never worked on a laptop and personally wuldn't want to risk ruining it from replacing a DVD drive, when I could just buy an external one. (I normally use it as a desktop replacement).

So would you spend money on a computer shop to install the optical drive in my laptop? Not sure what their procedure is on labor for that. The only reasons I woouldn't is because of the age of the laptop, and the money used for labor, I could buy a faster DVD -/+ RW external one.

Thanks for the opioninos!

PS. It's a 17inch Inspiron with 2 GB RAM, 1.7GH single processor, 80GB hard drive, XP, and still runs great (thanks to bleeping). 256 GEForce Go video card.

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Posted 13 June 2008 - 08:37 AM

Which exact model is it, Bernie70?

Since you have a replacment, did you get instructions on how to install it?

If you have all of that, and you don't want to try it yourself, I'd take the instructions to a reputable PC shop and ask them what their installation charge would be. I suspect it will only be their 1 hour labor charge, but I'm not sure, as some may take longer.

If it is only 1 hour labor, I'd say go for it since you imply the laptop is working for you just fine otherwise.


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Posted 13 June 2008 - 09:17 AM

Getting someone else to do it will cost like 80 bucks.
Doing it yourself will take 15-20 minutes and is super simple. These drives are held on by one screw or two on the actual drive housing and they slide out and the new one slides back in.

Just get the proper screw driver and start taking out the screws around the bottom of the case and pull the back case off.

Do a search on the internet with your model for a pictorial guide for doing this. You might find one.

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Posted 13 June 2008 - 10:30 AM

CGM3 is correct here. On all the Dells laptops I've seen, it's take out one screw, release the lock, slide out the old, slide in the new. Put lock screw back in if you wish.

If you post the Inspiron model, I'm sure someone can point you to the correct page in the online service manual.
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Posted 13 June 2008 - 03:35 PM

If portability isn't a must:
http://www.newegg.com/Product $20.00
and $30.00 for a DVD drive
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Posted 13 June 2008 - 08:43 PM

If you know how to use a screwdriver and Google it will save you
some money.
This Inspiron has 3 screws to remove the drive:
http://www.bixnet.com/in2626opdrin.html

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Posted 14 June 2008 - 04:37 PM

Thanks everyone for your replies. I really appreciate it. I looked at the online manual on the DELL website and was surprised at how easy it looked. After following all of the safety precautions, I proceeded to replace the optical drive.

one screw and a "plastic scribe" later to push the drive out, and I was set. The questionable drive was in my hand. Holy Moly, I thought to myself. After putting the replacement in, I turned on the computer, and the laptop recognized it right away. It read a Brain Games disk and wrote data on a CD. I guess I'm all set! Thanks again.

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Posted 14 June 2008 - 05:14 PM

:thumbsup:

Good for you.


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Posted 14 June 2008 - 10:07 PM

:huh:
Now it's time to rebuild that pesky transmission that's
been slipping. :thumbsup:

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