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Solved: CD ROM is trashed...

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by yellatmyhead, May 26, 2010.

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  1. yellatmyhead

    yellatmyhead Thread Starter

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    I have a Compaq Presario (it's an older one) and the cd-rom was not opening. I tried to insert a pin into the manual open override, but it did not work this time. So I then took a screw driver, while the pin was still inserted, and then... well, to make a long story short, I broke the cd rom drawer, and it will neither open nor close. In fact, I had to force it shut. Can I replace the the cd rom component? Is it easy? How much will it cost?
     
  2. Triple6

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    If its a desktop, then its easy and cheap. You need a Parallel ATA(PATA or IDE) type drive, CD or DVD.

    To replace it you open the case, screws or clip on the back and access the cables for the drive. Depending on the case you may have remove part of the front or the whole front to remove the drive. Check the HP site for your specific Compaq model and they sometimes have a guide.
     
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    Thanks for the help Triple6. That is awesome news, and yes it is a desktop. I am marking as solved.
     
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