Hi i've just bought a dell gx270 mini tower and want to replace the dvd rom with a writer. I've noticed it is a lot smaller than my ide drives can you tell me what type of dvd writer i will need to buy. Many thanks
If you can think and look logically, you will be able to replace your current drive with a standard notebook drive, mostly called slimline.
open the case by pressing the two knobs at the side and lift it upwards. The unit clicks out easily, the removal of the flat cable and power connector needs a bit of patience, and you have to unscrew the drive from the bracket after that. I think you can get a drive for some $50,-
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Make sure the drive is jumpered to cable select (CS) and using the original Dell Data cable. Re-seat both power and data cable connections.
boot to the BIOS (F2 at boot)
turn on caps lock, scroll lock and numlock on the keyboard
Press ALT + E (should beep once)
Press ALT + F (should Beep Once)
Press ALT + B system will reboot and re-detect IDE drives
Should be IDE cable...IDE interface according to the specs. You computer has IDE connections so the drive should work.
HP DVD1040i Lightscribe 20X DVD Burner/Black/Retail
Mfr Part #
Internal DVD ±R/±RW drive with DVD±R up to 20X, double-layer recording, DVD-RAM, and LightScribe direct disc labeling
Yes, you can replace your DVD writer with any other model, but there are 2 types, SATA and IDE.
The IDE drives connect with a wide , flat ribbon connector, and the newer, SATA drives take a smaller cable.
They are easy to swap out, and are basically plug and play!
you can buy that type of hardware anywhere since it is standard for all desktop. Your current drive is IDE meaning that the data cable on it is an IDE type. Go to your local computer store and ask for a DVD writer IDE, since there is really no price difference now for a combo or dvd writer drive, it will be like 10 $ more for the writer. I live in canada so if you are in the US could be less here a DVD writer is around 35 $ at a computer shop.
OptiPlex GX270 can be small form-factor, small desktop or small mini-tower. The DIMM slots and therefore maximum memroy capacity depends on the form factor. Double check our OptiPlex GX270 and find memory info below.
Memory Type 333MHz (PC2700) or 400MHz (PC3200) DDR SDRAM
Memory connectors/DIMM Slots small form-factor: 2 small desktop: 4 small mini-tower: 4
Memory capacities Supported 128MB, 256MB, 512MB, or 1GB non-ECC
Minimum memory 128 MB
Maximum memory small form-factor: 2 GB small desktop: 4 GB small mini-tower: 4 GB