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Acer TravelMate Notebook 4502LMi DVDRW SOSW-852S (PRS9) Replacement

I have an Acer TravelMate Notebook 4502LMi with an internal Slimtype DVDRW SOSW-852S(PRS9) burner which is needing to be replaced, as it's mostly on the fritz not reading any DVD/CD. Writing either also becomes a hit and miss, often wasting multiple discs. 


My question is what would be the best replacement(s) for the least amount of $$$, and any thing needing to be swapped from one to another, or watch out for gotchas, etc?


I did find a recommendation of a Panasonic UJ-845-B 8X Slim DVD Drive (186-117) for $79.99, but I've found other sites not recommending this drive.


Your thoughts would certainly be appreciated.


Best Regards,

John Gerdes 

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  • shmoose Mar 14, 2008

    slimtype dvdrw sosw-852s mine just does not show up. uninstalled drivers and i let xp reinstall it auto. it finds it then installs it then bye bye its gone again looked at all forums its all the same story help my drive is in a easy note r4 (nec) pacard bell !!!!!!!!!!help!!!!!!!!

  • Anonymous Apr 11, 2008

    Hi, I also have Acer TravelMate Notebook 4502LMi with an internal Slimtype DVDRW SOSW-852S(PRS7). My problem is that it can read and write DVD but can't perform the same with CD. As I read on forums, a lot of people have these or similar kind of problem with this type of CD/DVDRW and they can't resolve it. I sent an e-mail to Acer support asking for help but got no answer. My conclusion is that the best thing is to by some replacement so I'm interested in recommendation. Is this mentioned Panasonic UJ-845-B 8X Slim DVD Drive (186-117) good solution or is there some better option? Price is not so important, the quality and compatibility with this type of laptop is at first place.

    Thanks in advance, Zoran Bundalo.

  • zorobl Apr 11, 2008

    Hi, I also have Acer TravelMate Notebook 4502LMi with an internal Slimtype DVDRW SOSW-852S(but PRS7) burner and similar problem. Mine can read and write DVD but can’t perform the same with CD. As I read on forums a lot of people have the same kind of problem with this CD/DVDRW model and can’t resolve it. I sent an e-mail to Acer support but got no answer jet. My conclusion, the best solution is to find good replacement that is compatible for this model of laptop.

    I’d like to know is this mentioned Panasonic UJ-845-B 8X Slim DVD Drive (186-117) good replacement or there is some better? The price is not so important, quality and compatibility are at first place.

    Thanks in advance, best regards

    Zoran Bundalo.

  • AMCEL967 Jan 28, 2009

    I have an ACER Travelmate 4001 with slimtype DVDRW SOSw-852S as DVD/CD reader/burner.

    It wroks fine p to 6 months then I had problems burning DVD, then reading DVDs and now I can't read or burn any DVD/CDs anymore.

    When I try to read a simple CD I hear a noise like the drive trying to start but it does not succeed in starting and after 3 or 4 retries the drive stops.

    I am afraid I have to replace the components but Where can I find one ?



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My recommendation is to get the exact replacement that Acer recommend. OR a third party equivalent.

In saying that as long as one has a warranty for said device, then really anything else is a moot point.

I think you will find that the Panasonic drive will be more than suitable.

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