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I want to close the power supply to my optical drive so it will save my battery power

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To help save power, you can either remove the optical drive (and lessen the weight of the laptop) or just disconnect the drive, unplug it, and reconnect it. To accomplish this, you can either list the model number of your laptop so I can send instructions, or go to the manufacturers website and find the instructions yourself.

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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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How to make your Laptop Battery last longer


1. Turn off Wi-Fi and BlueTooth - Most laptops have shortcut keys to instantly disable wireless networking. <br /> 2. Don't play computer games, music or DVD movies - Multimedia activities drain laptop batteries. <br /> 3. Disconnect all external device like PC Card modems, Firewire, USB devices and optical drives. Use the notebook touchpad instead of an external mouse. <br /> 4. Adjust your screen brightness - Dimming your display saves battery power. <br /> 5. Tweak Windows Power Options - Choose a Laptop power scheme that turns off the notebook monitor and hard disk after 10 minutes of inactivity. <br /> 6. Decrease or mute the Laptop Speaker Volume. <br /> 7. Turn off all scheduled tasks. <br /> 8. Turn off Auto-save features in Microsoft Office and other applications. <br /> 9. If your PC has a built-in wireless card, turn it off or disable it when not in use. <br /> 10. Programs that are run from a CD or DVD can be copied to and run from the hard drive, which typically consumes less power than an optical drive.

on Dec 27, 2010 | Computers & Internet

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INTERNAL CD DRIVE WONT OPEN


There are a couple of issues that can cause the tray of an internal optical drive to stay closed when you press the drive's eject button. One: there is no power to the drive. If the drive does not show up in the list of discs in the computer, this could be your problem. (In any Windows OS, click Start > Computer (My Computer) or double left click the icon for Computer.) You will need to open the computer and check that the power cable is fully seated and oriented correctly (it won't fit the wrong way). For a desktop, an IDE drive uses a 4 pin power connector. A SATA drive uses a 15 pin power connector. If your power supply has additional power connections for the type of drive, try a different connector. If the power connector has a 4 pin to 15 pin adapter, make sure this is fully seated. (Try a new adapter.) If that doesn't help, make sure that the power supply is providing enough power for all devices. The second problem may be failure of the open/close mechanism.

I recently had an optical drive that slowly had the open/close mechanism fail. At first the eject button wouldn't work when there was no disc in the drive; using the Eject option from the OS did work. Then the OS eject stopped working consistently and it wouldn't eject with a disc in the drive. I used the Emergency ejection option (straighten a paperclip)to check for a problem with dirt in the mechanism or the belt slipping and then put a disc in the drive. Replacing the drive was my final solution. (A new CD/DVD burner is under $20; thus it wasn't worth my time to fix the mechanism on a 5+ year old optical drive.)

Some Lite-On (and related OEM) drives develop this problem early. For these drives, the problem is that the magnet that holds the optical disc in place actually blocks the drive tray. The solution that some find works, is to remove the optical drive and open the outer-case of the unit. (This should be avoided if the drive is still under warranty.) There is a circular section in the case and that is the section that you want to access. Pull out the magnet and make two circles of duct tape just slightly smaller than the magnet. Stick a nail through the center of the circles. (You need the hole to make sure that it still functions correctly. The circles are smaller than the magnet to avoid getting adhesive inside the optical drive.) Stick one of the circles to the magnet (and then put the second circle on top of that). Replace the magnet and close the case of the optical drive. Replace the drive in the computer. Plug in the data and power cables and close the computer back up. Make sure that the data cable is still firmly connected to the motherboard before closing the case. (Note: be careful to stay grounded relative to the computer case when you remove the drive and then replace it.)

The SE-S164L is an external drive, so you may not have given the correct model. Please add a comment with the model optical drive in your computer. Slot-loading drives require a different trouble-shooting routine.

I hope this helps.

Cindy Wells

May 12, 2012 | Samsung Super-WriteMaster SE-S164L DVD?RW...

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How to care my hp dv5 battery? buy the hp dv5 battery from http://www.batteryfast.com/hp/pavilion-dv5.htm


For long life battery:

-Don't play computer games, music or DVD movies - Multimedia activities drain laptop batteries.

-Disconnect all external device like PC Card modems, Firewire, USB devices and optical drives. Use the notebook touchpad instead of an external mouse.

-Adjust your screen brightness - Dimming your display saves battery power.

-Tweak Windows Power Options - Choose a Laptop power scheme that turns off the notebook monitor and hard disk after 10 minutes of inactivity.

-Decrease or mute the Laptop Speaker Volume.

-Programs that are run from a CD or DVD can be copied to and run from the hard drive, which typically consumes less power than an optical drive.

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I have purchase lenovo Y410 but DVD drive not working since 8 days . Kindly suggest how to resovle this issue Thanks Dinesh


I would 'slap' Windows around, and make it reinstall the drivers for the DVD optical drive.

Vista:

[Note* All clicks are Left-click unless otherwise noted]

1) Click on Start (Windows logo button)

2) Click on Control Panel

3) Click on Device Manager

4) After Device Manager loads all the way, click on the + sign to the left of -
DVD/CD-ROM drives

5) Right-click on the name of the DVD optical drive

6) Click on Uninstall

Windows will come up with a 'squawk box',
"Warning you are about to uninstall this device"

It's okay, click on OK.

Now close all windows, and go back to the desktop screen.
Restart the computer.

When Windows has fully loaded you should get a pop-up out of the system tray,
"Found new hardware device", and perhaps another one will follow,
"Found XXXX optical drive"
(XXXX being the name of the optical drive)

If this doesn't work try cleaning the laser optical eye of the DVD optical drive.

Laptop on open the DVD optical drive tray.
Turn the laptop off.
Remove ALL power to the laptop.
(AC adapter {Charger} and Battery)
Use a can of compressed air for computers.

Or use a disk cleaning device for cleaning CD/DVD optical drives. (Power plugged into the laptop)

For additional questions please post in a Comment.
Regards,
joecoolvette

Jun 26, 2011 | Lenovo 3000 Y410 Laptop

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Cant operate bios after reformatting the unit


If you cannot operate the BIOS, the best way is to reset the CMOS battery which require a very good technician to tear down the unit. Here are the steps:

Turn off laptop

remove cables and battery

Press and hold power button for 5 secs.

Remove screws in the edges of the laptop

Remove Hard drive, Optical Drive and Power supply fan

Press the CMOS battery (circle shaped silver coating) upwards so that it would disengage and put it back in...

Put back the Hard drive, Optical Drive and Power supply fan

Put back screws in the edges of the laptop

Put in cables and battery

Turn on laptop and the BIOS will be reset successfully...

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I opened my computer and it was on, but the screen was frozen so I shut it down and tried to reboot it, but it wouldn't turn on. I thought it was something to do with the battery being dead, so I plugged...


It has something to do with the power supply of your unit or the motherboard itself, especially when you isolate the battery and plug only the power cable and i wont turn on. In this case, you can reseat the power supply by removing the cables and battery when the unit is off, remove the screws below it, remove the hard drive, remove the optical drive then remove the power supply and reseat it. Then perform the steps in descending order (insert optical, hard drive, screws, battery, cables). Turn it on and observe if there are lights lit on the keyboard. If you don't know how to do this or if symptom persists, consult HP tech support for repair of your laptop..

Aug 22, 2010 | HP Pavilion DV6775US 15.4" Entertainment...

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When I push the startup button, the green light turns on the cooling fan start's just for an instent and shuts down. Even the Green light on the back of the computeris now turnes off. Any idea's to fix...


hshorty,

When you press the plastic Power On button, it in turn presses against a Power On switch.
The Power On switch is located inside the plastic Power On button.

This is an example of a generic ATX Power On switch,

http://www.directron.com/atxswitch.html

The switch completes a circuit.
(The Power On switch is a Momentary Contact Switch. Makes a brief contact, then opens back up)

The circuit the Power On switch completes, is the 5 Volt Standby circuit.
When a Power Supply is plugged into power, there is a constant 5 Volts (DC) present.
Closing this 5 Volt Standby circuit, momentarily 'excites' the Power Supply, and turns the Power Supply on.

Power goes to the Motherboard, and Peripherals, (Harddrive, optical drive/s, and so on)
The first chip to receive power is the BIOS chip.
(Chip and Chipset are slang terms for I.C. Integrated Circuit)

The BIOS program on the BIOS chip, looks to see what devices are installed, does a Ram Memory count, TURNS the Processor on, and hands the computer over to the O/S.
(O/S = Operating System. Windows XP is one example of an O/S)

Your Power Supply doesn't even have enough power to light those LED lights, much less turn the Processor on.

A) ALL the LED lights together, use less than 1 Watt of power.

B) EACH fan uses 2 to 3 Watts.

C) A typical Processor can use 51 to 125 Watts. Depends on what Processor it is. (Older Processors use less than 51 Watts)

If this problem is in reference to a Compaq Presario SR5130NX desktop computer, it comes with an Athlon 64 X2 - 3800+ Processor.

(Windsor Core. Also this Processor uses an AM2 processor socket)

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c01048297&tmp_task=prodinfoCategory&lc=en&dlc=en&cc=us&lang=en&product=3436820

This Processor can use up to 89 Watts.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_AMD_Athlon_64_microprocessors#.22Windsor.22_.28F2_.26_F3.2C_90_nm.29

Fans start to spin, and the LED power light is on for the Power Supply. When it's time to turn the Processor on, too much power is needed, and the Power Supply 'drops to it's knees'.

The Power Supply used is just a common ATX style of power supply. (Actually it is an ATX 12V 2.x)
Used in a LOT of personal computers out there, and is readily available.
It's a 300 Watt unit.

(The ATX form factor for this Power Supply, (Size and shape), is approximately 6 inches Long, 6 inches Wide, and 3-1/2 inches Tall)

Power cables from the Power Supply needed are;

A) 24-pin ATX main power cable (Main power cable to motherboard)

B) 4-pin ATX +12 Volt power cable, (Also known as P4)

C) At least one SATA power cable for the SATA harddrive, and additional SATA power cables, for each SATA optical drive.

(Your Presario may have come with SATA optical drive/s, or IDE {PATA} optical drive/s. Optical drive = CD/DVD drive)

D) If your Presario came with IDE, (Also known as PATA), optical drives, you'll need a standard 4-pin Peripheral power cable, for each drive.

E) The computer case fans, may each use a standard 4-pin Peripheral power cable. (The Processor fan attaches to the Motherboard)

F) The Memory Card Reader needs a Floppy Drive power cable. An auxiliary power cable.

An example of a compatible Power Supply,

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=4465483&CatId=1079

(Wasn't supposed to be stated as a Clarification)

Jul 29, 2010 | HP Compaq Presario SR5130NX PC Desktop

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Will removing the battery will a disc be needed


- battery and power adapter are for power supply. Files are saved in your Hard Drive. Files save in the hard drive will not be lost if power supplies are removed except for unsaved information of course.

for the flickering screen - the LCD may need replacement, contact the manufacturer.

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Dell Inspiron 1000 notebook won't turn on


The motherboard is bad. This model had a fault where after a while the North Bidge heatsink would break off and short the motherboard distroying it. This problem is something to not fix, it is not worth it, cost more than it is worth.

Nov 10, 2008 | Dell Inspiron 1000 Notebook

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