Optical Drive repair or CD- DVD ROM Drive repair
Dead CD- DVD ROM Drive, repair or replace?
Optical Drive repair instructions:
As I mentioned in the introduction page, repair of components is not economically viable.
A really observant and talented individual could repair a failed CD- DVD ROM Drive,
if it was a mechanical failure. Or if you had two of the same model drives, one
that failed electronically and one that failed mechanically, you could change
out the bad circuit board on the mechanical failed drive for the good circuit
board and save yourself thirty dollars. Or you could go buy a brand new one and
Before you loosen up the Optical Drive you should disconnect the power cable, the drive interface cable, and the Audio cable.
If you can not get your hand into the space to disconnect the cables then pull drive carefully out until you can gripe the cables. Usually the IDE Drive Cable will pull loose with a little force, there is a latch on the Audio cable. The cable that will give you problems is the power cable, they are made to not vibrate loose. You can use a pair of pliers to wiggle it loose, do not squeeze it to hard, it is plastic and will break, with a firm grip on the plug, working it back and forth while pulling gently will get it loose.
Note the wide cable, it is the IDE Interface Connection cable, it will have a red stripe down one side. This indicates the # 1 pin side of the cable connector. Some cables that have been in the computer for a long time tend to harden from time and heat, you should not have to change the routing of the cable.
Look at the back of the drive, next to the cable connectors there should be a
double row of small brass pins. These pins are called jumper pins. You will see
one or two small plastic covers (called Jumpers) over some of the pins. On the
drive there should be a diagram that will tell you what the covered pins do,
this is the drive selection.
Set the old drive aside, check the new drive, you need to match the drive select
pin setting on the new drive to what the old drive has. Either Master (two
drives on same cable and this is the primary drive), Slave (two drives on the
same cable and this is the secondary drive), or Cable Select (best selection for
a single drive on a cable).
SATA Optical Drive does not have any jumper pins to set, each SATA interface cable can only connect one drive.
If this is a the first SATA CD- DVD ROM Drive to be installed check the documentation for the motherboard/computer, some have a Array configuration, and some have a designated connector for a boot CD- DVD ROM Drive.
If you have an Array and plan on adding more hard drives to it be sure to NOT
connect the new CD- DVD ROM Drive in between the hard drive SATA connectors,
having a CD- DVD ROM Drive in between hard drives in an Array will cause
problems with the drives in the Array, as always check the documentation or
motherboard/computer manufactures web site for details on the SATA interface on
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