Introduction

If your laptop is suffering from a faulty optical drive and the device is not able to read disks, it may be time for a replacement.

Parts

No parts required.

Make sure that the laptop is shut off before attempting to remove any components from the device. The laptop in this example did not have a battery equipped.
  • Make sure that the laptop is shut off before attempting to remove any components from the device.

  • The laptop in this example did not have a battery equipped.

  • Locate the spring latch on the bottom of the device that will unlatch the battery.

  • Hold the spring latch in the open position with one hand, and support the battery with the other hand.

  • Turn the laptop over and allow the battery to fall out of its holder and into your hand.

Use a JIS 1 screwdriver to loosen the (2) captive screws from the panel. The captive screws will not come off of the panel. Pull the panel upwards and towards the battery to remove.
  • Use a JIS 1 screwdriver to loosen the (2) captive screws from the panel.

  • The captive screws will not come off of the panel.

  • Pull the panel upwards and towards the battery to remove.

  • Put the panel to the side, exposing the RAM.

The RAM is held by two spring clips. Pull at the two spring clips and the RAM will move upwards. Keep your fingers on the edge of the chip.
  • The RAM is held by two spring clips. Pull at the two spring clips and the RAM will move upwards.

  • Keep your fingers on the edge of the chip.

  • Only handle the RAM by the sides! Do not touch the circuits or the terminals to avoid contamination!

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Locate and remove (1) 8.5mm JIS 1 screw at the top left corner of the RAM bay. Locate and remove (1) 8.5mm JIS 1 screw at the top left corner of the RAM bay.
  • Locate and remove (1) 8.5mm JIS 1 screw at the top left corner of the RAM bay.

Carefully pull out the optical drive from its bay. Carefully pull out the optical drive from its bay. Carefully pull out the optical drive from its bay.
  • Carefully pull out the optical drive from its bay.

Carefully pull off the decorative cover from the front of the optical drive. This decorative cover will be transferred to the new optical drive.
  • Carefully pull off the decorative cover from the front of the optical drive.

  • This decorative cover will be transferred to the new optical drive.

Use a JIS 1 screwdriver to remove (2) 2mm screws on the drive's anchoring bracket. This bracket will be transferred to the new optical drive. This bracket will be transferred to the new optical drive.
  • Use a JIS 1 screwdriver to remove (2) 2mm screws on the drive's anchoring bracket.

  • This bracket will be transferred to the new optical drive.

Conclusion

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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