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OPTICAL RAILS where can i find the rails that hold in the optical drive in a gateway 310

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You will need to open up the side panel, and then remove the screws, or use the slider to open that..then the cd or dvd will slide out the front through the will need to disconnect the connection cable and power connector in back, before it releases.

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OK add one. All you do is take the old one out and put the new one in after you open the case and unplug the power cord. There might even be an open slot under or above the one that is already in the computer so just push the plastic covering that faces the front of the computer out so the new optical drive can go in it's place. By optical drive you are talking about a DvD or CD player, right?

Apr 02, 2012 | Gateway FX6840-03e PT.GAT02.023...

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Dvd player stops/skips. Cleaned rails, cleaned optical head...what next?

If the laser is not dirty then it's probobly worn so will only play disc's if brand new.
You could get it fixed but would cost between $50 and $100

Feb 06, 2010 | Toshiba SD-V280 DVD Player/VCR

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The device 'lg cd-rom crn-8245b' cannot be stopped because a prog

Not sure what "RAM is accessing it" means?

First to emergency eject, there should be a tiny pinhole in the front of the drive door. Straighten out a paperclip and push it firmly in the hole and the drive will open.

2 likely problems. One is that your laser LED has burned out, in which the drive is pretty much useless, other than that:

If you carefully dismantle the drive:
(you'll need to carefully push the open CD tray up and out to remove it from its cogs, then undo the screws and take the case apart, finally remove the metal shield that covers the rails and the laser head).

You'll see the laser head which rides back and forth on two metal rails. Sometimes it get stuck on the rails and cant move back and forth anymore. This results in a disk that still spins up and a computer that sees the drive, but no data read. If this is the case it is simple to push the laser head along the rails to free it up, grease the rails with a little silicone lubricant and reassemble the drive.

Optical drives are so cheap nowadays though, might just be worth getting a new one. At least you know how to recover stuck CDs now!

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Need to add extra bays

Have you used any spare 5.25 in bays yet?.....the wider ones at the top when the optical drives live? .... you can get 5.25 to 3.5 in side rails to fit to hard drives so they fit in them.

Dec 31, 2008 | Dell Dimension 5150 (DIM515MIN) PC Desktop

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I have an eMachine M6410 notebook with what appears to be a defective optical drive. I am having difficulty removing the back of the PC in order to remove the drive so I can replace it. The back of the...

Try cleaning the eye and rails with a little alcohol first.It may just be dirty or you may need to find a firmware update for that drive.Also make sure the software your using with that drive is not corrupted.

Dec 08, 2008 | E-Machines M5305 Notebook

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My son has a gateway mp 6954 with the optical drive thats not working what kind of a replacement do i need to buy?

The specific optical drives are made for specific laptops, you will have to order one from the company that makes it. Or you can get an external optical Drive. USB interface

Oct 07, 2008 | Gateway Computers & Internet

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Gestetner 2302Z copier

c-32 is a scan reverse problem. there is no c-36 code. If you mean c-63 it is a fuser thermistor problem. Lawrence. I have a service manual for the Mita 1435 which is the same machine. The scan reverse code could be dirty rails where the optical assembly. ( the light that goes back and fourth) Clean and lube the rails.

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Install a roxio cd into my laptop

You need a replacement CD drive most likely.

The 5300 can be swapped for almost any generic laptop optical drive. I would pick one up from or they have new drives cheap.

Then just unscrew the plastic mounting rails attached to the side and back of the drive, swap them over to the new drive and go!

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