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How can you replace the socket that the CD drive plugs into on a Toshiba Satellite A70 laptop computer?.

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  • wickedwitchn Apr 29, 2010

    Yes, I mean the socket on the motherboard where the cd connects. It appears that the bottom part of the connection is cracked and not making a good connection, therefore the CD doesn't work. Can the socket itself be replaced or do you have to replace the motherboard completely?

    Thank you.

  • zerodown524 May 11, 2010

    The socket meaning the data connection port on the laptop and not the cd drive.

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This is going to depend on what exactly you are thinking of as a socket. On the A70 the drive itself plugs into a socket mounted on the mainboard. The case bottom forms a cavity that the drive slides into. The drive itself is held inplace by a single screw.

To replace the mainboard is going to cost about $150 for a replacement board and then labor and shipping if you are not doing this yourself. It requires the laptop be pretty much totally disassembled. This is about a 1.5 hour job. You can do this yourself if you are comfortable doing this sort of thing. There are several pictorial and videos available that shows how to take these apart.

To replace the bottom is not a whole lot less work than the mainboard. You can find these for $25ish on ebay or laptop repair websites.

I have a A70 and as a word of advice keep the cooling system blown out and don't block the inlets. Ie always sit on a hard surface. They will get hot enough to melt the stickers off.

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  • Dave King
    Dave King Apr 29, 2010

    The socket can be replaced if you have acess to a reflow.rework soldering station as it is a surface mount part. Thats not the hard part, the had bit is going to be finding a replacment. Toshiba boards are mad in China so they use some strange sources which can be a lot of fun tracking down. It may be easier to just find either a dead a70/a75 board and grab the part off of it or just get a new board off of ebay or somewhere else. These are going for $75 and up so it might be the easy way out if you don;t have tools etc to do this.

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