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Cd/dvd drive doesn't work

It appears that the connector between the drive and the computer is broken (where it connects to the drive no longer is attached to the connector, i.e., the plastic end is no longer part of the film like connector). I believe for some reason the drive came out past the stop and pulled the connector apart. Can the connector be replaced or do I need to get a whole new drive? How do I remove the other end from the comuter? I am no longer in warranty.

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  • mrbillco Dec 29, 2008

    Problem is beyond those sites. Dell was not helpful with a solution because it is just out of warranty. They want to sell me a whole new drive when what is broken is the connection between the drive and laptop (Dell doesn't carry replacement part).

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