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Cd Rom Drive on Acer Aspire 1800

Discussion in 'Laptops' started by Mark, Nov 12, 2006.

  1. Mark

    Mark Guest


    My Acer Aspire 1804 cd rom drive works pretty well with DVD, but is no
    longer able to read cdroms.
    Since I really need the cd drive, I have to fix it. I'd like to know if
    to change the drive is a complicate thing, or if I can do it by myself.

    Thanks in advance,

    Mark, Nov 12, 2006
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  2. To change the drive yourself using an identical drive (same make/model)
    is usually not a problem with one exception: Some of the major OEMs use
    drives that are custom configured internally different from "standard"
    drives (Toshiba does this a lot). The only way to absolutely avoid a
    problem in this regard is to get the drive from the laptop manufacturer
    as a replacement part (or to get a drive off E-Bay that was in the same
    laptop model).

    To replace the drive with a different drive can be a real can of worms,
    because there can be mechanical issues.

    On the other hand, sometimes you try an upgrade (CD to DVD burner) and
    it just goes great, without a hitch.

    The real problem is that you never know for sure how it's going to work
    out until you actually try it.

    You should get a service manual for the laptop in question so that you
    know how the drive is removed and installed.
    Barry Watzman, Nov 12, 2006
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  3. Mark

    Mark Guest

    Thanks a lot.


    Mark, Nov 13, 2006
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