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Replacing CD-RW/DVD Drive

I need to replace CD-RW/DVD Drive. Have removed star screws from bottom of case and also from battery case - but case still does not want to come apart. How do I get inside to remove and replace CD drive?

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  • ppreuss Aug 04, 2008

    Thanks George for the help. Actually on my model - after fussing around with it I realized that by taking out the ten screws in the bottom of the case I had taken out the two screws that held the optic drive in place. When I plugged the laptop in, opened the drive, and just tugged on the extended drive door the whole unit came out as designed. All I had to do in the first place was to remove those two out of the ten screws - the two screws either side of the drive unit on the base of the machine. As an aside. I went to Radio Shack and spent $17 to get a screw driver set to get the right screw driver to get those srews out. I suppose I could have butchered them with some other screw driver but with the right fit they came out neat and clean. Paul

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I own a Presario F730US. I have had it apart many times and it is a difficult case to open. There are several ribbon cables that are easily damaged if you are not very careful. You have to pop up the speaker cover panel as there are case screws under it as well. Once inside you will see the screws that retain the optical drive. Once you remove them it will slide right out and the new one will slide right in. I can not overstate how careful you have to be. If you are not 100% sure of yourself I would recomend that you take it to a repair shop and let a qualified tech assist you. The screws you need to get to are under the keyboard. The whole laptop does not need to be disassembled to swap the drive. Once you pop the speaker bazel and the keyboard you are home free. If you need more help feel free to ask.
George

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    George Kohler Aug 04, 2008

    I new the whole case didn't have to be cracked, But I thoght for sure the screws where under the keyboard on mine. I had to totally disassemble it two times. Once when I upgraded to the 2.0Ghz core duo from the 1.68. That almost wasn't worth it the speed difference wasn't even noticeable unless you ran a benchmark test app. The nieghbor lady gave it to me for parts after her husband smashed the lcd in a rage and beat her up. right before I moved here. It must have been pretty bad because he's doing 18 months for whatever. I didn't want to get into details. And the other time was when I put in the wireless N mini PCI NIC card and had to run the three antenna wires throught the chasis and up behind the LCD. If you ever have to open the LCD to replace or repair never touch the white backing. It will ruin your screen. You'll Know that if you ever have to go there They have it well marked. You really have to be carefull with the ribbon cables though, I ruined one by accident and they made me send it in, They wouldn't just sell me the cable. It cost me a 140 bucks, but they also replaced the keyboard, the X key just fell off. Be very gentle with the keybord on that thing the buttons are frail! I didn't like that model too much. I had to send it in three times for warranty repair and the first time when I broke it. I was running it hard like a desktop transcoding data streams and ripping DVDs They get real hot and die. I guess they are not really designed for that kind of heavy use. It had a happy ending though. I sent 20 E-mails at least complaining about it, and I only bought it for 649 new last oct 17. I finally got contacted by a Hp customer quality care specialist and I hammed it up and said I was always a loyal HP/compaq customer and I was so disappointed. The guy sent me a brand new Hp pavillion dv6000 with a 2.0ghz intel 2gig ram 256mb video card tv card and remote. An 1150 dollar computer and he sent it before I sent the other on back. He said he was going to send a fedex label and just put the old one in the box the new one came in and call fedex to pick it up. I haven't heard anything from him yet and I still have both of them. I feel kind of bad he hooked me up so good, but I'm not going to pay to send it back out of my pocket. They had so many problems with it I don't think they were too anxious to get it back anyway. I let my girlfriend use it for now until I her from them. I think he just wrote it off. I raved about Hp The 2 follow up reviews they send on the quality of their care. So now you know how to deal with them if you ever have any problems. Make sure you let them know you depend on you computer for your lively hood and you are a HP lifer. If you ever need spare parts I have a lot left from the ladies wreck so get in touch if you need anything. geokohler@gmail.com I do this for a hobby so if you ever need any help feel free anytime,

    George

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