Can i replace a DVD/CD drive in my laptop?

  whisked 22:27 21 Jun 2008

Hope this isn't a stupid question but basically my CD drive seems to have packed in although it is still playing DVDs however.

I assume my basic choices are either see if it can be repaired or buy an external one but i thought maybe i could replace it?

Its a Dell Inspiron XPS Gen 2 i have, is it as simpe as getting one of those click here and if so how easy is it to replace?

Thanks for any help.

  Technotiger 22:49 21 Jun 2008

If it can't be repaired, it should be possible to replace it, have a look through these where you will find 'How to' instructions.

click here

  Technotiger 22:51 21 Jun 2008

I should have asked ... if it is still playing DVD's what makes you think it might be kaput?

  mrwoowoo 22:52 21 Jun 2008

This is the dell inspiron xps gen 2 service manual which shows you how to do it with your particular laptop.
click here

  Quiller. 22:53 21 Jun 2008

"and if so how easy is it to replace?"

Take out the battery and unplug the power supply.
Then click here

  rdave13 22:57 21 Jun 2008

As well as the above this will give an idea; click here

  whisked 23:15 21 Jun 2008

Hi folks, thanks for the replies.

rdave that was great, even Mr Bean could probably do that!

Technotiger, the Dvds with a bit of encouragement but the CDs just whir and clunk and you can hear the drive just click and stop.

  woodchip 23:45 21 Jun 2008

Not really a DIY job

  woodchip 23:54 21 Jun 2008

I have only taken one Laptop apart, Finished up with spare screws. And a horrible job to do, all the best and hope you can make it all fit back together.

Not For The Faint Hearted

  AL47 02:16 22 Jun 2008

if you have what i have, xps m1710, its the easiest thing in the world,

i have a 2nd hard drive in the bay, you can even put a blue ray drive in, just look on ebay for a replacement

they just slide in and out

  Technotiger 07:42 22 Jun 2008

Yes, definitely sounds like a replacement job.

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