Introduction

The optical drive (also known the CD drive) is one of the most frequently used parts of the HP Media Center 876x. As a result, damages are common and often replacement is necessary.

Parts

No parts required.

Remove the two (9 mm) hand screws on the back panel. Remove the two (9 mm) hand screws on the back panel.
  • Remove the two (9 mm) hand screws on the back panel.

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Place the tower on its side. Slide the side panel horizontally to detach, and pull upward to remove. Slide the side panel horizontally to detach, and pull upward to remove.
  • Place the tower on its side.

  • Slide the side panel horizontally to detach, and pull upward to remove.

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Orient the tower vertically. Using the #0 Phillips head screwdriver, unscrew and remove the two (5 mm) screws that fasten the remaining side panel to the tower.
  • Orient the tower vertically.

  • Using the #0 Phillips head screwdriver, unscrew and remove the two (5 mm) screws that fasten the remaining side panel to the tower.

  • Slide the side panel out of its notches, and pull it gently off of the tower.

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Gently move the tower so that it is in the horizontal orientation.
  • Gently move the tower so that it is in the horizontal orientation.

  • Press down the black tabs (proximal to you) that fasten the front panel to the tower.

  • Press down on the distal, black tabs (symmetric with respect to the previous tabs).

  • Pull front panel forward slightly.

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Orient the tower vertically. The front panel will come off in a hinge-like fashion, exposing the drives underneath.
  • Orient the tower vertically.

  • The front panel will come off in a hinge-like fashion, exposing the drives underneath.

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Identify the optical drive. Pull the molex connectors out of the posterior end of the optical drive. Pull the molex connectors out of the posterior end of the optical drive.
  • Identify the optical drive.

  • Pull the molex connectors out of the posterior end of the optical drive.

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Pull the "ribbon cable" out of the posterior end of the optical drive. Pull the "ribbon cable" out of the posterior end of the optical drive. Pull the "ribbon cable" out of the posterior end of the optical drive.
  • Pull the "ribbon cable" out of the posterior end of the optical drive.

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Using the #0 Phillips head screwdriver, unscrew the two (5 mm) screws that fasten the optical drive into its port. Gently pull the optical drive through the frontal cavity. Gently pull the optical drive through the frontal cavity.
  • Using the #0 Phillips head screwdriver, unscrew the two (5 mm) screws that fasten the optical drive into its port.

  • Gently pull the optical drive through the frontal cavity.

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Remove the optical drive completely from its port. Remove the optical drive completely from its port.
  • Remove the optical drive completely from its port.

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Conclusion

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

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