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.
  • 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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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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