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The writing head on my cd burner needs to be replaced

The writing head on my cd burner isnt working and i need to have the cd burner replaced. Is this something I can do on my own or do i need to take it to a computer shop?

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You can probably do it yourself but if it is a software issue then replacing the hardware will not fix it... There is a cd-rom registry fix as well as DMA Reset VBS file... DMAReset.vbs is probably what you want if you have a software issue. If you want to replace your Burner anyways you will want to take off the side and unplug the ribbon (IDE) cable and power to the device you are disconnecting... Once you remove all the screws you will either have enough room to slide the device backwards in through the inside of the PC or you will have to take the face of the PC off and slide out the front... Hopefully you don't have to take off the face of it...Good Luck!

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