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How do I replace a DVD/CD Burner for Dell 9400 laptop?

I am bidding on a Dell laptop 9400 at an auction and wondered how hard it is to replace the DVD/CD burner. Is it a very difficult job?



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  • smooey Feb 28, 2009

    When I burn CD's it works sometimes and other times I get a really high pitched squeal and the CD doesn't play.

    Can I get an external CD burner for an Inspiron 9400? That might be a better long term solution?

  • Anonymous Apr 04, 2009

    dell 9400 inspiron... cd, dvd dosen't work. Can't figure out why. machine is new. dell is giving me the run a round. this sucks. help me please. tried to down load a driver that i thought could fix the problem, but i don't know which one to down load, and i don't even know if that is the problem. what's up??? anyone??? help!!



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No it is quite a simple change, but like anything electronic you should work carefully.

The drive is held in the laptop with a few small screws. Once you remove the screws...the drive slides out. In the space you can then slide in the BlueRay or HDDVD or whatever you wish to replace the present drive with.

Go for it the looks like a nice machine!

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No it's not but it's easier to explain in chat or on the phone

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