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Internal dvd drive

I need to replace the internal dvd drive in my dell dimension 4500 pc. Where can I purchase a replacement and how difficult is it to install a new one??

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Re: internal dvd drive

You will find almost ANY standard form factor DVD will fit, once you open up the case you will see a fairly standard type of DVD.. They are all fairly much the same with just maybe differing mounts etc, Take the old DVD out and get the Manufacturer, Type and Number off it, and then Google for a price and availability.. then take note of the specs, once armed with what it is, you can then shop around for the best deal.

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Dvds are not recognized

hi h0tr0dh00dlu
if dvd's are not recognized
try to see if you dvd drive is shown in your os. double click My Computer to see.
Also checked if your disk drive is capable of playing dvd format.
I checked that Dell Dimension 4500 PC only comes with a bundle of cd-rw so dvd's can't be played
If not the best option is to buy a dvd drive @

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I have a dell dimension 4500, I need a compatible internal hard drive for it. Which one to buy?

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It is not difficult to change cd/dvd drive.
Open cpu cabinet.
Then remove icd cable and power cable from cd/dvd drive.
Then remove screws of old cd/dvd drive.
Then you can pull it from cabinet from front side.
Then put your new cd/dvd drive into it's position then lock it with screws.
Then connect ide cable from motherboard and power cable to drive.
Then you can use it.
If you connect to drive with 1 ide cable means if you connect harddrive and cd/dvd drive with 1 cable then set harddrive as master and cd/dvd rom as slave you can set it slave with jumper settings.
It is in back side of cd/dvd drive.
There is instruction how to slave it with jumper.
Let me know if you need further assistance.
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Trying to install dvdrom on my dell dimensin 4500

Let's see, here are a list of things to do.

1. If replacing an existing drive, open the chassis, remove old drive and transfer mounting rails to new drive. (Make sure the drive jumper is set to CABLE SELECT)
2. Mount new drive in chassis, connect the IDE and power cables.
3. Boot to the BIOS (F2 at boot) turn on caps lock, scroll lock and Numlock, the press CNTL+E, CNTL+F then CNTL+B to reboot, this will force IDE redetection and should ID the drive in BIOS
4. Boot to windows, see if the drive is now ID'd in device manager.
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