Re: how do i replace the optical drive in my acer aspire...
I have a small tutorial on youtube about memory and hard drive the basic are the same ill post a tutorial in soon ,however to let you know there are a lot of screws and they are tiny things too! by looking at it on the left hand side there are 4 screws that hold it in place then you should be able to just slide it out, im not sure exactly how but ill figure it out and post the tutorial on toutube youll be looking for acer 3000 or zoomietime ill post it later today-z
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The Acer 5610 has an emergency eject hole to the right of the eject button on the right side of the computer. Find a paperclip and unfold it (or small allan wrench), push the end of the paper clip into the hole until you feel pressure. Press firmly and the optical disc tray should come slightly out of the machine. Grab and pull the tray out (gently). This should work even without power to the drive on any machine tray optical drive, if the tray mechanism is undamaged.
For a slot-loading optical drive, it's a bit trickier. You can try sliding another object into the slot and using it to pry or lift the stuck disc. The safest option is to use another optical disc or credit card sized item and double-sided sticky tape. Put a piece of the tape on the item and then remove the paper from the other side of the sticky tape. Slide the item into the drive with the sticky tape towards the stuck disc (down for most computers). Once far enough into the drive, lower your item and press the tape firmly onto the stuck disc. Lift up and try to pull the stuck disc up and out of the drive.
I've taken a lot of drives out of laptops and
usually they are easy to remove and just have a button you need to
press to pop them out or they are held with a single screw underneath
around the center back of the drive. Those two possibilities should
have you covered, and I have rarely found optical drives to be
difficult to remove from laptops.