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Toshiba Satellite A85 Optical Drive swap

I need to replace the optical drive. I't's notone that comes out by unlatching, so the bottom cover has to separate from the keyboard/top cover.

I have undone all visible screws in the base, and snapped the edges of the bottom apart from the keyboard/topcover.

I cannot get the bottom and top to separate. There appears to be some kind of fixing near the rear edges of the bottom, but I cannot see any more screws.

1. Are there screws hidden under labels - if so which one(s)?

2. Do I need to remove the keyboard (as you do on some other laptops) first?

3. Is there some other fixing I've not found yet?


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  • ianbatty311 Oct 27, 2008

    Umm... Nup.

    I removed fifteen screws from the bottom casing (and two from the rear). I have undone all the snaps around the case, and I can lift the top, but it's still not coming off.

    If I flex the bottom case, it appears to be attached somewhere just near the left rear (viewed from the underneath) near the sliding battery catch. It is on the left, but not at the front.

    I cannot find the "left latch" anywhere, unless you mean the battery latch. If it's *not* the battery latch, if your "left latch" just one of the small catches that holds the top to the bottom, or is it a distinct mechanism?

    Can you give me more exact directions, please?



  • ianbatty311 Nov 07, 2008

    Hi, Irishmistgal sent some pix of cover and other parts removal on a Toshiba Satellite A85-S107 laptop, but they are of low resolution (maybe 50 DPI), and don't have enough detail to read. Enlarging doesn't work, as the detail has been lost in the scanning process.

    Can you send me some higher-res scans (preferably 150~300 DPI) , or let me know if the images exist on the Web anywhere?

    Thanks heaps,


  • Rene Montesino Dec 09, 2008

    Iam also trying to separate the bottom casing from the top. Have removed all visible screws but they still seem to be attached somewhere near the modem.

    Does anyone know where I can get a hold of a parts manual, diagrams, anything for this computer? Toshiba has been no help whatsoever.



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Toshiba Satellite A85 Optical Drive swap - 36ec1a1.jpgHi, this is not the best picture but its this751c93d.jpge only one I can find so far. and yes screws can be hidden underneath stickers I haveToshiba Satellite A85 Optical Drive swap - e3bbac5.jpgbefore.
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I hope this helps.

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This instruction is for all Toshiba A8 series.

There are 13 screws to remove, including the HD slot cover screw and the battery slot cover screw.
Lift up the back and left side of the top cover about 1 cm ( less than half inch)to release the left latch on the front. Push to the right to clear the volume control from the top cover.
Rotate the top cover and display assembly forward to release the right latch.

Turn the computer right side up and open the display panel.
Remove three black screws that secure the top cover
Be VERY, VERY careful ok ?

Thank you and good luck. *s*

Posted on Oct 27, 2008

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    Susan Oct 27, 2008

    sorry that was me that replied. I was surfing for something else on this site.*s*I hope the pictures help.



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