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Easy to switch it out if it is a desktop. G4s and early non-Intel G5s used IDE. Newer G5s use SATA. Basically plug and play. Not worth fixing an old one. New ones are cheap!

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What is the cd rom drive letter on a dimension c521


http://www.pcworld.com/product/29434/dell_dimension_c521.html?p=specs

Microsoft Windows XP?

1) Left-click on Start
2) Left-click on My Computer

Look at the drive letters.
Local Disk (C:) is for the Harddrive.

If you have Local Disk (D:) this is for Recovery - Windows files, on the harddrive.

If it states Drive (D:) it is for the optical drive (CD/DVD drive)

If you have Local Disk (D:), then Drive (E:) is for the optical drive.

If there is no drive letter that corresponds with the optical drive;

1) The power cable to the optical drive has become partially unplugged,
AND/OR
2) The data cable has become partially unplugged,
OR
3) The data cable is bad,
OR
4) The power cable isn't giving out any power. (Use a different power cable from the Power Supply, IF available)
OR
5) The optical drive is bad.

[Driver: A small piece of software that allows the Operating System to communicate with a device.

Windows XP Media Edition is the O/S.
The optical drive is the device ]

A) Left-click on Start
B) Right-click on My Computer
C) In the drop down list left-click on - Properties - at the bottom.
D) Left-click on the Hardware tab.
E) Left-click on Device Manager

F) Left-click on the + sign to the left of - DVD/CD-ROM drives.
DVD/CD-ROM drives is NOT listed? Stop. Instructions after this part.

G) Right-click on the name of the optical drive.
H) Left-click on Uninstall

A Microsoft 'squawk box' will come up,
"Warning you are about to uninstall this device"
Click on OK. (It is OK I assure you)

Now close all windows, and go back to your desktop screen.
Restart your computer.
(Start > Turn Off Computer > Restart)

When Windows fully loads again, you should see -
"Found new hardware"
And perhaps "Found XXXX device"
XXXX being the name of the optical drive

No?
Then it is time to go to Dell Support, and download AND install THE driver for your optical drive.
Post back in a Comment for this, and I will guide you step by step.

No Drive Letter for the Optical Drive in My Computer:
You need to check if the power cable has come loose, from the optical drive.
You also need to check if the data cable has come loose, from the optical drive.

No? They are tight?
Then try another power cable from the Power Supply, IF available.
Try using a different data cable if you have access to one.

More than likely the optical drive is bad.
(NO DVD/CD-ROM drives listed in Device Manager)
A CD/DVD drive is a mechanical device. It only has so many hours it can be used.

For additional questions, or to have me clarify anything I have stated above, please post in a Comment.
Regards,
joecoolvette

Jul 27, 2012 | Dell Dimension C521 PC Desktop

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Optical drive for Pioneer DVR-745H-S


The optical drive of the model is most important for replacement as this confirms to the requirement of the circuit.The model has to be specified and this OE part must be ordered from Pioneer service store.

Mar 12, 2012 | Computers & Internet

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Is it possible to remove the top optical drive bay's front panel and fit the optical drive without it?


The front panel drive panel needs to be removed so you can install an optical drive. There may be a metal panel behind the plastic front panel, if so this will need to be removed so the optical drive can be inserted into the drive bay.

Nov 12, 2011 | ASUS TA-891 ATX Mid-Tower Case

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Help my dvd drive is stuck and wont open


Desktop or Laptop computer wasn't stated.

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.

If this information is not what you seek, or you would like it explained, please post in a Comment, and we'll work together on finding a solution.

Regards,
joecoolvette

Apr 21, 2011 | HP Compaq Computer Speakers

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How do I remove a cd-rom from a hp dv5


1) Work on a table.

2) Remove ALL power to the laptop. AC adapter (Charger) and Battery.

3) Turn the laptop over Front facing you. There is one single Philips head screw to remove.
It's on the bottom of the laptop towards the Front, and is just past the Microphone, and Headphone jacks.

4) Screw removed use a paper clip to open the optical drive tray.
The paper clip is straightened out, then a third of it is bent into a handle to hang onto.

Looking at the optical drive with the laptop upside down, there is a small hole to the Left, on the optical drive tray. Insert the paper clip tool you just made into the hole.
This is a manual release to open the optical drive tray.

Hold onto the optical drive tray with your fingers, pull the optical drive out.

If you are going to replace the optical drive, be sure to remove the optical drive bracket from the back of the optical drive. (Two Philips screws) Install the bracket on the new optical drive.

Regards,
joecoolvette

Nov 15, 2010 | Computers & Internet

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Difficulty to open cd rom o my pc how to solve?


Repairing your Optical Drive problem isn’t that difficult task.

Unfortunately you have failed to prove the Manufacturer Name and Model Number of your particular specific CD-ROM Optical Drive so I am unaware of what particular specific CD-ROM Optical Drive information to provide.

However if you use Google Search (http://www.google.com) and search the topic Repair CD-ROM you will be able to obtain information on how to disassemble and repair your specific CD-ROM Optical Drive. Examples of a Google Search are provided below ->

http://www.repairfaq.org/sam/cdfaq.htm

http://repair4laptop.org/notebook_op...cd_dvd_mo.html

http://www.repairfaq.org/REPAIR/F_cdfaq9.html

The most difficult part of the repair will be finding the correct size replacement 0-Ring that fits your particular specific CD-ROM Optical Drive. You could try checking with local Computer Repair Shops and see if the have a broken CD/DVD Optical Drive that has the correct size 0-Ring that might work in your particular specific CD-ROM Optical Drive.

On another note now days Optical Drives are inexpensive and you can obtain a replacement CD/DVD Optical Drive for less than 30 bucks.
Hope it helped you. Thanks.

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MY 6300.2 TREADMILL IS SHOWING A E3 EROR ON THE DISPLAY WEN START THE MACHINE CYCLE


ERR 3 Troubleshooting Inspect the optic sensor and other components as follows. Optic Sensor 􀁺 Optic sensor wheel – Make sure that the optic sensor wheel rotates securely, without wobbling, between the black optic sensor nubs. Realign and tighten if necessary. If optic sensor wheel teeth are missing or bent, replace the optic sensor wheel. 􀁺 Optic sensor wires – Check wire connections from the optic sensor to the drive board. Check wire continuity . 􀁺 Optic sensor – Turn on unit power. Turn the motor flywheel with your hand. The optic sensor indicator (LED10 on the drive board) should flicker. See MOTOR.08. If it does not light, and all parts above are OK, replace the optic sensor. Other 􀁺 Motor – Does the motor sputter, sometimes running fast, sometimes slow? See MOTOR.04. If the motor tests good, replace the drive board. If the motor tests bad, replace it. 􀁺 Drive board – See above, and inspect for burnt, damaged, or loose components. 􀁺 Main program IC - Press down on the main program IC on the display to ensure a good connection. Replace the IC if necessary

Aug 20, 2009 | Sportsart 6300 Treadmill

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Hoow to install a dv2000 hp pavilion dvd rw drive (internal)


Remove the Phillips PM2.5x7.0 screw (1) that secures the optical drive to the computer
Insert a thin tool, such as a paper clip, into the media tray release hole (2). (The optical drive media tray release from the optical drive)
Use the media tray frame to slide the optical drive (3) to the left.
Remove the optical drive.
ce642a5.jpg You can download the complete manual here:
http://h10032.www1.hp.com/ctg/Manual/c01035657.pdf

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How to replace cd/dvd rom in Toshiba notebook Satellite A105-S1014


Steps for Removing and Replacing the Optical Drive
Steps 1 - Remove the battery
  • Slide and hold the battery release latch to the release position.
  • Lift the front edge of the battery and remove it from the battery bay.
Step 2 - Remove the optical drive
  • Remove the 7 mm P1 Phillips-head screw that secures the optical drive to the bottom of the notebook.
  • Use your finger to grasp the edge of the optical drive bezel and slide the optical drive out of the base enclosure.
Step 3 - Replace the optical drive
  • Insert the optical drive into the base enclosure until the connector is seated.
  • Replace the 7 mm P1 Phillips-head screw that secures the optical drive to the bottom of the notebook.
Step 4 - Replace the battery
  • Toe the rear edge of the battery into the base enclosure.
  • Lower the front edge of the battery and press the battery into the battery bay until the release latch clicks.
If you want to See the Video for replacing the DVD drive. You can go to this URL :- http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c01271783&cc=us&dlc=en&lc=en&jumpid=reg_R1002_USEN

Jul 05, 2008 | Toshiba Computers & Internet

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Blue ray


Yes , You can put Internel Blue ray Drive Into Laptop and the steps are mentioned below for the replacment of Blue ray Drive.


Steps 1 - Remove the battery
  • Slide and hold the battery release latch to the release position.
  • Lift the front edge of the battery and remove it from the battery bay.
Step 2 - Remove the optical drive
  • Remove the 7 mm P1 Phillips-head screw that secures the optical drive to the bottom of the notebook.
  • Use your finger to grasp the edge of the optical drive bezel and slide the optical drive out of the base enclosure.
Step 3 - Replace the optical drive
  • Insert the optical drive into the base enclosure until the connector is seated.
  • Replace the 7 mm P1 Phillips-head screw that secures the optical drive to the bottom of the notebook.
Step 4 - Replace the battery
  • Toe the rear edge of the battery into the base enclosure.
  • Lower the front edge of the battery and press the battery into the battery bay until the release latch clicks.

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