replacement cd / dvd rw combo for

  Diodorus Siculus 18:24 26 Aug 2006

Novatech 8081 laptop.

From research this seems to be a MITAC rebadged machine.

Can anyone

a - confirm that it is

b - tell me where in the UK I can get a replacement drive. I've found a German site but would prefer a UK based source if possible.

Thanks as always, Dio

  freaky 18:46 26 Aug 2006

Why don't you contact Novatech !

  Diodorus Siculus 18:59 26 Aug 2006

Because it is Saturday evening and they closed at lunctime; open again for technical / sales info on Tuesday.

  freaky 19:58 26 Aug 2006

Some years ago I bought a 2nd hand Microtec laptop, had it about 6 months and the cd/dvd drive packed in. Had it replaced OK but it cost about £ the time was not a member of this forum to rearch advice.

Hope you get a replacement OK.

  Stuartli 20:37 26 Aug 2006

You may be able to recognise your particular model at:

click here

This link will also prove of interest:

click here

  Diodorus Siculus 02:44 27 Aug 2006

Stuartli - thanks for the links; I;ll take a look later in the morning.

  De Marcus™ 02:56 27 Aug 2006

DS, you may find that a generic one will fit, most manufacturers use generic slimline types and fit them inside a plastic moulding which then fits into the slot. Is it possible (seeing as it's faulty) to remove the drive and look at it's dimensions?

  De Marcus™ 02:57 27 Aug 2006

I recently replaced a toshiba laptops knackered generic drive with one of these click here

  De Marcus™ 02:59 27 Aug 2006

Sorry that's one I looked at, the actual one I bought was click here

  Diodorus Siculus 09:33 27 Aug 2006

De Marcus™ - I've taken it out and had a look and it seems standard but I'm not sure.

There are a few serial numbers on it that I will google and see what I come up with.

  De Marcus™ 16:09 27 Aug 2006

I took a slight chance when I bought my replacement, whilst the dimensions matched, I wasn't able to determine whether the shape would match, and purchased on the belief that they're built to a standard shape, size. I don't know if that's true, but when it turned up, it fitted.

I also knew novatech (or for that matter ebuyer) have great (in my experience) returns procedures.

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