I need instructions on how to do an "easy" swap of the cd drive. There was an issue with the one i had and the company sent me a replacement but i was told it was easy to replace and was sent the new part without any instructions! Can you help please. I have an IBM Thinkpad. Need any more info just ask.
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Re: Replacing the cd drive
Hi, Could you plese tell me exactly which model you have and then I can give the proper answer, but perhaps even though not being sure of which model you have it is possible that on the underside of your laptop there should be either a screw or a locking slide mechanism that you either unscrew or you hold the slide lock open whilst at the same time grip the whole drive and pull it out from the side of the computer.
If you do not see any of this easily then please tell me your model before attempting anything and I will get straight back to you.
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I had a very similar issue with my Toshiba Satellite X205 SLi1. I ended up having to replace the drive, as the motor apparently went out. You can get a new drive on eBay for a fair price, and directions on swapping it out should be very easy to find online. It's usually a very easy swap on a notebook, even for people who have never done it before. But I'm sorry, I can tell you beyond a shadow of a doubt that your drive is a goner. It happens from time to time, especially if you use the drive a lot.
Replacing a DVD drive is so easy. Simply take the old one out and pop the new one in its place. The system should recognize the drive and allow it to operate as is. There is no need for Flashing, Formatting, or changing hardware.
When the console was knocked over, the cd drive was knocked off center. Meaning that now whenever you put a cd in and power on the console, the cd will be "grinded" and desrtoyed. The console will need to be sent in for repair to Microsoft or another repair company. And please do not insert any more cd's into the drive.
This problem may be a bad cd/dvd drive. When the computer boots up, go into the BIOS setup. Check to see if the computer recognizes the drive, and make sure it is not disabled. Next, check in the "device manager" to see if there are any yellow question marks or red X's. This might indicate a driver problem, or a misconfigured drive. If these steps fail to resolve your problem, replacing the drive would be your next step. This is a fairly easy task, and worth the time to research the steps for your particular model.