I ordered a new internal DVD writer from Dell to replace the one that went out on my Dimension 4600 and they told me to just unlook and re-hook up the new one. I did that and now the computer will not recognize it and it won't power. I have doublechecked to make sure all connections are secure. It is the top dvd player in the tower.
Thanks for any help you can with installing this. Have a great day!
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Re: Replacing Dell Dimension 4600 Internal DVD Drive
1. make sure the connections are tight.
2. restart ur system..on dell logo press f2 key..
3. once in the bios screen...press num lock caps lock and scroll lock..make sure all 3 are on
4. press alt and e together
5 press alt and f together
6. press esc
7. select save changes and exit
ur system will restart...it should make the dvd rw get detected
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Around here, a brand-new "internal" CD/DVD reader/writer is about $40. Note that you can disassemble your current "external" drive/casing, remove the old, and presumably "dead", internal DVD-drive, and insert a brand-new one, in order to "refresh" your external DVD-drive.
According to your Service Tag, your machine was shipped with an 8X DVD -ROM & 24X CD/RW Combo Drive, so yes you will need to purchase a DVDRW drive. There is a single layer burner that 4.7GB, and a dual layer model for 8.5GB. They can be purchased from Dell directly, or eBay, Amazon etc (same drive fits D630, D830 etc) and there is a rectangular button on the lower right hand side of the drive that you press in, to pull out the existing CDRW, and simply slide the new drive in. You will need a Burning software like Roxio or Nero to burn DVD's onto the new drive.
I suppose your's is a SATA drive. Disconnect all the sata cables except for the Hard Disk and that of the Writer in question. Boot up and check if the drives works. If not take pains and try installing the drive in another PC (one of your friends'). If it still has the same problem check with where you bought it.
You should be able to get sound thru the IDE cable (this is the same type of cable also referred to as a ribbon cable, your hard drive connects in the same way) that is connecting your drive to the motherboard. turn the pc off and unplug power and reseat this cable on both ends be careful as the pins are fragile and will break
if this doesn't fix your problem let me know and we will try anotherr solution
Sorry to dissappoint you , but this not a possiblity.What you can to instead is copy the content of the DVD into a USB flash drive , and plugin the flash drive to your 4600c and install it from there.
A normal DVD reader writer drive , retails for not more that 65$ , so you can buy one two, more over local computer stores also keep refurbished drives, that you can get a good deal on.