I have an Acer Aspire desktop. I am trying to remove the DVD drive to replace it. The only thing that I can see holding it in is these green slide
locks on the side. When I unlock it the drive seems to want to come out, but something is stopping it or hanging it up. It will not come out. Is there something else that I'm missing?
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Re: Removing the dvd drive
Occasionally, the front bezel (plastic decorative front panel) of the computer has to be removed (it is usually held in place by clips) for the optical/5.25" devices to be removed. Also check to see that the IDE/SATA cable, audio and power leads have been disconnected from the rear of the device.
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I also have an Acer Aspire AM-3470G & just swapped DVD drives trying to troubleshoot a problem. Remove the one side panel with the finger tab that gives you access to the system board/HD's, etc. No need to remove the opposite side panel. With the panel off, there are 3 black plastic tabs holding the front cover on. Release them so that the front panel pivots to the opposite side which also has 3 black tabs. Those tabs will release themselves as you pivot the front cover. You may need a bit of force to pivot the cover so be careful not damage the plastic tabs. You'll now have complete access to the DVD tray area. The DVD is held in by 2 exposed screws, there are none on the opposite side of the drive. Unscrew them, disconnect the power & SATA connectors & slide out the drive. If you replace the DVD drive, test the new one before you reassemble all the covers to verify everything works.
The DVD Drive iteself may be bad. After installing/reinstalling the drivers, there are only two things left to check and that is if the driver was installed correctly (device manager- check to see if there is a "?" mark next to the DVD drive) or you can buy another drive and install. A new drive should take cae of your issue.
i think ur lens is weak and unable to read the dvd disks is that so or u have a different problem always explainur problem in detail if there is a reading problem in drive try cleaning like this
open the dvd tray u can see that shiny eye like thing try cleaning th lens gently in round movement with a tissue paper or very soft cloth used to clean lcd screens see if it works , other wise ur DVD drive lens got weak from use now adays service centers are getting tons of them everyday for replacements
I've had a look at the Acer Aspire X1200 in a photo and it seems to stand upright with the dvd drive coming out sideways. There is no real groove on the inside of the disc tray to keep the mini DVD-R disc held in place. There may be a way to remove the stand that holds it upright. Then turn it on the side that you lean it on. That would be the way it would have to sit permenantly by the looks of it. If the stand doesn't come off then I'd suggest just turning it on it's side anyway, not ideal but it will read the disk. I dont think there is anything else you could do to make it read the disc whilst standing up, I'm afraid.
Remove the front panel by gently lifting the three flat plastic tabs. Remove one screw at the corner of the disk drive and lift the disk drive and DVD drive upward by the plastic handle on top. Disconnect the two SATA connectors from the disk drive by simply pulling them off. Disconnect the ribbon cable from the DVD drive gently lifting up on the black tab at the ribbon connector. This is hinged and releases the ribbon cable.
The unit is now free and you can turn it over and remove the screws securing the disk drive.
Try to boot from the DVD rive by using any a windows installation disk. If you can't, then boot to windows and download and update your firmware. If still the same thing, load bios defaults, shut down system, unplug system from power outlet, push and hold down the tower's power button for ten seconds, replug system, turn on system, try to use the dvd drive. If still no go, replace dvd drive.