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#1 vfloyd

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Posted 22 October 2010 - 12:22 AM

My CD drive quit working a few months ago. I purchased a CD/DVD drive but don't know how to install it. It didn't have any instructions included.

Is it difficult to install? Can I do it myself, or should I pay someone to do it.

Thanks in advance for your help.

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Posted 22 October 2010 - 12:42 AM

Hello and welcome to Bleepingcomputer.

It is not at all hard to install a DVD drive to a computer.

I have to ask you if your computer is a desktop or laptop, because the procedures are different for each type of computer.

Can you please tell us what type of drive this is? It would be either a SATA or a PATA drive.

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Posted 22 October 2010 - 12:43 AM

1. Turn your computer off. Wait for a while until all components of the system cool down.
2. Place your computer on a wooden floor or rubber mat. This will ensure safety from power discharge.
3. Disconnect all the cables. Turn off the power/mains attached to your machine.
4. Remove the computer case with a + screw driver. Once the screws are removed, slide the cover to detach it.
5. View the motherboard with a hard drive, processor and the RAM connected to it.
6. Pull out slowly all the cables connected to your old drive.
7. Detach the screws on either side of your old drive. Once this is done, you can slide out the old drive and remove it.
8. Place your new burner in the space where your old drive was kept. Slide the burner gently along the case to place it. Make sure that the placement is done with perfect alignment.
9. Fix the screws that you had removed earlier. Connect the cables in proper sequence.
10. Replace the case into its original position. Do not fix the screws back to the case. Screws can be fixed once you have tested the successful installation of the burner.
11.Turn your computer on and check whether the burner is operating properly.
12. Put back all the screws and refit the computer case.




Read more: How to Install a DVD Burner on a Computer | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/how_2020286_install-dvd-burner.html#ixzz133zOu7VK

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Posted 22 October 2010 - 12:47 AM

Hi Bruce. Thanks for your prompt reply.

It is an HP desktop computer. I'm 99% sure it is SATA, however I am at work right now so I can't check til morning. (I hate night shift.)

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Posted 22 October 2010 - 12:51 AM

Hi Bruce. Thanks for your prompt reply.

It is an HP desktop computer. I'm 99% sure it is SATA, however I am at work right now so I can't check til morning. (I hate night shift.)

What model is it? You can usually check the sticker on the drive which tells you if it is a SATA.

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Posted 22 October 2010 - 12:52 AM

Thank You killerx525. I will try this when I get home in the morning and post the results. I have basic knowledge of computers, but just enough to get myself into trouble. LOL

I do appreciate the reply. My computer is about 8 years old, but I've taken good care of it and it still works great. Needs more RAM...maybe I can do that next. I do a lot of photo editing for my family and really need this drive working.

Again...thank you

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Posted 22 October 2010 - 12:54 AM

Me and Bruce can help you upgrading your RAM after solving this problem first :thumbsup:

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Posted 22 October 2010 - 12:54 AM

Bruce...sorry I can't check until I get home. Will post again then. Thanks for answering.

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Posted 22 October 2010 - 12:56 AM

Me and Bruce can help you upgrading your RAM after solving this problem first :thumbsup:





Cool. I would appreciate any help I can get. Get off work at 7 am and will get back with yall afterwards.

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Posted 22 October 2010 - 12:58 AM


Me and Bruce can help you upgrading your RAM after solving this problem first :thumbsup:





Cool. I would appreciate any help I can get. Get off work at 7 am and will get back with yall afterwards.

Get some sleep when you get home, no rush here :flowers:

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Posted 22 October 2010 - 01:04 AM

Yeah these 12 hour shifts are killing me. But I'm happy to have a job, so can't complain.

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Posted 22 October 2010 - 01:14 AM

Not to get off topic here, but I have to say it.

TEAM WORK! :thumbsup:

Thanks for your help and assistance Killer! :flowers:

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Posted 22 October 2010 - 02:22 AM

Not to get off topic here, but I have to say it.

TEAM WORK! :thumbsup:

Thanks for your help and assistance Killer! :trumpet:

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No problem, glad to help the community using my knowledge and experience! :flowers:

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Posted 22 October 2010 - 03:58 AM

Would you please post the make and model of this Dell?

Most Dells don't use screws to attach the side cover of the case. Once we know what the model is we can tell you exactly how to open the case.

One of the really important pieces of information that wasn't mentioned is the danger of electrostatic discharges (ESDs). An ESD can kill integrated circuits, such as the CPU, or the chips on your RAM modules. The good news is that you can discharge any static electricity in you system by simply touching the metal of the case before handling any of the components inside.

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Posted 22 October 2010 - 01:23 PM

There were a critical omision besides the sata vs pata problem.

Since the computer is so old I would hope you bought a pata/ide replacement, they have a jumper for master/slave/cable select.

You need to set that jumper to match the old drive before installing into the case.
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