The screw that holds the cd drive in place came off, need help openeing laptop.
One day there was a rattling in my laptop and I shook out a small screw through one of the crack in the laptop. Every time I would hit the back side of the laptop by the cd drive the computer would shut down. Well I found out I was easily able to slide the cd drive out of the laptop because there was no screw holding it in place. Can anyone help me take apart the laptop to screw the cd drive back in or have any other solutions?
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Re: The screw that holds the cd drive in place came off,...
Take off the keyboard and plastics surrounding the keyboard, the screws for these are on the bottom. This should allow you to see where the screw goes for the CD drive when you slide it in. The plastic casing should snap apart rather easily, if it hangs anywhere check for a screw you may have missed.
If you're leary about doing this, go to Acer's site and download the manual. It will have diagrams of the machine to give you a better picture of taking it apart.
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To remove the drive you will need to remove the small screw on the bottom of the laptop that holds the drive in place. Look for a CD symbol near a screw aproximatly 6 inches in from the DVD drive center. Remove that screw and the DVD should slide out. The best place to get a replacement drive is Ebay Do a search for the model and DVD and you should see many for sale
No matter what type of laptop you own or how you use it, the CD-ROM or DVD drive is an important part of the unit. With the CD or DVD drive in place, you can play your favorite music or watch your favorite movies, so when that CD or DVD player stops working it is important to get it back in service as soon as possible.
1.Locate the bypass hole on the CD-ROM drive. There is a very small hole, generally located underneath the eject button, on every CD-ROM drive. Unbend a paper clip and insert it into the hole until the CD tray pops out. 2.Remove any CD that is in the tray and replace it with a CD laser lens cleaner. These laser lens cleaners are available at computer shops and electronics retailers. 3.Run the laser lens cleaning program, then try to play a CD again. If that CD fails to play, replace it with another CD and try again. 4.Shut the computer down and remove the AC power cord if cleaning the laser lens does not resolve the issue. Turn the laptop upside down and slide the battery release lever to the unlocked position. 5.Remove the battery and set it aside. Then locate the screws that hold the CD-ROM drive in place and remove those screws. Slide the CD-ROM drive out of the bay, then slide it back into the bay until it snaps securely into place. Replace the screws that hold the drive in place, turn the laptop back on and try to read the CD again. 6.Log on to your computer and right click on the "My Computer" icon. Select "Properties" from the menu and click on the "Hardware" tab. Click the "Device Manager" button and expand the CD-ROM section. Right click on the CD-ROM and choose "Update Driver" from the menu to download and install the latest device driver from the CD-ROM manufacturer.
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There should be a screw on the bottom holding the cd rom in place. Unscrew the screw and then with one end of a paper clip put it in the small hole on the front of the cd rom and the door should open. Now go ahead and pull the cd-rom out.
Now you can go ahead and put the new cd-rom in place and put the screw in and then turn on the laptop and let it boot up into windows and windows might redetect it. Go into my computer and you should see your cd-rom in there.
The CD drive is secured by a small small screw which is located on the under side of the laptop, it normally has a small picture od a cd next to it, if you remove the screw you can slide out the CD drive.
once you have remover the CD drive you can undo the small screws on either side of the CD drive and open the drive and remove the cd, reverse the steps to put it back in the laptop.
However please take care and be gentle
hope this helps
Laptop off, remove the AC adapter, (Charger), if installed. Remove the battery. Turn the laptop over so the bottom side is up.
Face the optical drive towards you. (CD drive) See how there is a rectangular looking panel, on the bottom of the laptop? (Looking at the CD drive, the panel is over the CD drive. Bottom side of laptop)
See the single Philips head screw in the panel, towards the left corner? Remove it. Now take a paper clip, and bend it out straight. Make a small U-shape on the end of the straightened out paper clip, so you have something to hang onto.
On the drive tray that comes out of the CD drive, is a small hole. Insert the paper clip straight in.
This is a manual release to open the CD drive tray. Gives you something to hang onto, to pull the CD drive out.
To install the new cd drive, (Player), just reverse these steps.
[Open drive tray. Slide CD drive in. Replace screw]
There's only one screw but it's well hidden 1. At the back of the laptop remove the three screws on the support posts for the screen 2. Open the laptop fully and lift the plastic panel that has the power button. 3. Remove the 2 screws holding the keyboard in place 4. Carefully slide the keyboard towards the monitor and lift. 5. To the left of the keyboard ribbon cable is the screw for cd drive 6. Remove, slide out optical drive, reassemble.
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You can use the Toshiba Satellite guide for removing and replacing the DVD/CD-ROM
drive or the keyboard. On this model you have to remove the keyboard in
order to remove and replace the DVD/CD-ROM drive because the optical
drive securing screw is located under the keyboard. Always start laptop
disassembly with removing the battery or you can damage the system
board if you accidentally touch it with a screwdriver and shorten
traces. Removing the keyboard strip is not very difficult, use your
fingers to release the plastic latches. If you want to replace the
keyboard, do not forget to unlock the connector on the system boar
before you pull the cable.
Removed the cover along the top (Where the power buttons is) by removing the three screws along the back of the laptop. You need to be careful removing this as it has small plastic clips that are very easily snapped. Once that’s off you can remove the two screws that hold the Keyboard in place. Lift the keyboard and release the catch on the Keyboard cable on the motherboard. Allows you to lift the keyboard away.
With the keyboard removed, remove the screw that’s holding the CD/DVD drive in place and slide the drive out (the release for the battery on the underside sometimes catches the drive too, so if its sticking just slide the battery release over)
Then remove the cable for the LCD display and pull the wireless connection cable through the hole, Remove the screws holding the Display in place and remove completely.
Remove the 2 screws holding in the Power button board and lift it off.
Carefully remove the 2 cables for the Touchpad, Being careful with the ribbon cable it’s again it’s easy to destroy these types of cable.
Flip the laptop over and remove all the screws from the underside, this will make it seem like its ready to come apart, but it’s not. Flip it back over and remove the top. Next to the connector where the battery plugs in you’ll find one final screw to remove. Now on the back of the laptop you’ll find your VGA port, remove the two nuts on this (long nosed pliers do this job easily or a small socket if you have one that small) once these are removed lift the motherboard from the front side of the laptop and slide it out, you now have your motherboard out.
I'm not an expert on Acer, but I can tell you that *most* CD/DVD drives just "pull" out with a little bit of oomph applied. It's just a plastic connector on the other end of the drive that connects to the motherboard inside.
Eject the drive tray, and *GENTLY* pull out with a slight bit of pressure. If you feel your muscles tensing up, you are pulling too hard and perhaps there is a hidden screw - generally, though, if there is a screw, it's in plain sight on the bottom of the case (and obviously should be removed first!)