Video - Dell Laptop Optical Drive Replacement Tutorial
BTH Webmaster message: Because an optical drive is a mechanical device into
which discs are inserted, they can collect dirt. If the optical drive has been in use for
a while, it may simply need cleaning. One method of cleaning is simply open the drive's
door and blow in compressed air. If that fails to produce results, you can use a cleaning disc.
Many people have had good luck with Memorex's laser very low cost lens cleaner disc.
It has six little brushes on the disc designed to gently remove dust and dirt from your optical
drive's lenses. However, if cleaning the optical drive does not solve the problem, this video shows
how to replace it. It's amazingly easy.
Warning: Avoid static discharge by grounding yourself using a wrist strap or by touching a bare
metal surface like a connector on the back of the laptop and remove all of the power including the
battery and power adapter.
Make sure all data is backed up before removing or replacing your hard drive. Laptop hard drives
are very sensitive and can be damaged easily. Handle with care. Performong your own repairs may
void your warranty.
1. Slide the latch to the right, and lift the battery out.
2. Remove the optical drive locking screw.
3. Using a screwdriver, slide the optical drive tab to the right.
4. Slide the optical drive out of the laptop.
5. Slide the replacement optical drive in to the laptop.
6. Replace the optical drive locking screw.
7. Place the battery into the laptop and press down until the latch locks into place.
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