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.

  1. Make sure that the laptop is shut off before attempting to remove any components from the device.
    • 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.

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  2. Use a JIS 1 screwdriver to loosen the (2) captive screws from the panel.
    • 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.

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    • 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.

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    • Carefully pull out the optical drive from its bay.

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    • Carefully pull off the decorative cover from the front of the optical drive.

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

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    • 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.

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Conclusion

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

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