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.
Try opening your disk tray and cleaning the lens with a tissue and all of the drive from dust. If it still won't read you may have to buy a new optical drive as your current one has broken. Have fun :)
With most desktop computer optical drive's there is a tiny hole located right under the optical drive tray. (The tray the disk is inserted in) A paper clip is straightened out, then inserted into the hole. This is a manual override, and will open the tray.
There are some desktop computer optical drives, that the computer case has a door that flips down, then the optical drive tray comes out. The door must be eased down far enough to see if the optical drive has the small hole.
With a laptop computer the optical drive is removed from the laptop.
Generally there is one small Philips head screw that is removed from the bottom side of the laptop, then the optical drive tray is opened with the paper clip, and the optical drive is then removed by using the tray as a handle. The optical drive is then pulled straight out.
Once out the top cover is removed for access to the disk.
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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.