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Gateway M505 internal cd-rom slot does not take in a cd dvd

Since a couple of months, the cd-rom does not allow me to insert a cd, feels as if something is blocking the slot and am sure there is no cd in there, otherwise the cd details would have been available in my computer.

Using the Gateway manuals I was able to open the cd-rom drive but was not sure if there were any ways to repair the cd-rom after opening it?

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  • chikkubhai Mar 03, 2009

    I have no idea how to start looking up my cd-rom unlike my previous purchases of hard drives (ATA/SATA), RAM (SD,DDR, pins.. ), keyboard(model) on e-bay as I clearly knew what I wanted from the specifications. I have no idea what varieties, specifications and types exist for an internal notebook cd/dvd drive. How can I find out or figure out where to start in deciding the specification of the cd-rw/dvd-rw drive that suits my notebook? Obviously there were some models that exactly matched with what I was looking for but did not have a dvd-rw and they were for an APPLE notebook. My notebook reads Matsushita internal drive CW-8123-C but I am worried if the connections and if there are any universal standards and some other factors that might not work for my machine for some reason!

    I have one model on e-bay that seems to match perfectly;
    gatewayM505 cd/dvd rw

    but it costs me 75$ plus shipping :-?

    Gateway P/N: 5502789
    Slot-loading 8X/10X/10X/24X DVD/CDRW combo drive drive module
    Drive made by MKE. Model CW-8122-C (or higher)
    With matching faceplate, caddy and connector for Gateway M500 and M505 series notebook.

    Is there a good place to start learning about these drive specifications before I make a purchase? And, what about repairing, I could not find a single link to open repair these things as I really like to being an Electrical Engineer myself.

    Thanks a bunch for your inputs!


  • chikkubhai Apr 23, 2009

    Ok, I bought the new cd-rom from e-bay with the same configuration and the user even posted it as an M505 cd-rom. I plugged in the new cd-rom and re-booted my laptop, but somehow it puts itself as a Primary hiding the harddrive (verified the same in BIOS). I am able to boot from this new cd-rom (as it reads the windows OS bootable CD) but I have no clue how the new cd-rom is able to put itself in the primary rather than as a slave and hide the harddrive? When I remove this new cd-rom everything is back to normal!

    Is there some thing that I have to change in BIOS or rather update BIOS (I have never heard or done something like this). I see BIOS updates in the Gateway webiste when searching for M505 application drivers and updates. They say that by burning their BIOS application on a cd-rom and booting it from the cd-rom, you can update the BIOS. Will this help?


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Not unless you know A LOT about electronics. It's best to just remove the drive and buy a replacement on ebay.

You can either search for M505 drive

or use the part numbers from the drive if you want an exact replacement.

Best of luck!

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