Does anyone know how to replace the existing cd drive with a cd/dvd rom drive on a gateway laptop?
My laptop fell a few days ago, and the LabelFlash DVD player will not recognize any cd/dvds in the player. It flashes on and off and acts like it wants to read, but can't quite get there. I was going to pull it out and reinsert it to see if that made a difference, like the plug might have been jarred loose. I don't really know how to get this dvd out without breaking anything. I cannot see a release anywhere. Can you help? Thanks Rich
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Re: replacing dvd/cd-rom drive on gateway laptop
Without knowing your specific laptop, look underneath about 5 inches from the edge where the drives slides in. You should see a screw there but not holding a panel.
Remove that one screw, pop the drive open and give it a gentle pull, it should just slide out.
Most laptop drives are the same with the exception of the faceplate and the bracket (surround) that is attached to the bare drive.
This is removable and can be transferred to another drive. Careful not to lose any of those tiny screws =)
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Your operating system shouldn't need a new driver for that. CD drives are recognized configured automatically. You can try cleaning the laser lens on the CD Drive with a CD/DVD laser lens cleaning kit. If that doesn't work then you'll need to replace the drive.
I have the very same problem, the Drive light turns red, the screen is "black" and the battery charging light indicator on the front is off. No differance if I'm traying to power up on battery or AC-adapter.
Before this problem appeared I had problems where the laptop was powering off, with no warning, and I had to restart it. This happened several times and was going on for about a week before it died totally. Can it be the CMOS battery on the mother board? Anyone having clue what the problem could be?
what do you mean not recognized? not detecting the drive or not reading? if not recognized by windows you can check the driver for drives in the windows if not reading it is the lens problem..if the lens problem, the solution only is to replace the lens or to replace the whole drive
the removel of the dvd drive is easy as taking out the battry
1. Remove the battery from the bottom of the laptop
2. Make sure the laptop is NOT plugged in.
3. There is a release button for the CD/DVD ROM drive on the bottom of the laptop, simply press and hold the release switch and pull the CD/DVD drive out.
replace it with your new 1