View Full Version : Replacing cd-rom drive with CDR/DVD on laptop

12-15-2002, 10:43 AM
Anyone had any experience of this?
I've got a laptop which is a P2 266 - bought from tiny (I believe it is an NEC)
I would like to replace the CDROM with a CD Writer/DVD ROM drive.
I know that laptops are not to be taken lightly, but is it rocket science to replace them?
I'm currently studying my A+, and have electronic servicing qualifications and experience, so I'm not afraid to jump in if it's possible.
Where would I get the parts? I assume that manufacturers keep the same form for their drives, but it's not exactly something you see advertised on most sites.
Would there be a voltage problem?
I don't want to watch movies (the laptop's graphics wouldn't handle that anyway) but just use data dvds, and be able to burn cds (although this last part isn't vital)
any suggestions?

12-15-2002, 10:52 AM
For what nec will charge you for the new internal cd-dvd
it will cost you less to buy an external drive and use the pcmcia slot card or usb to connect to the system.
for example the cd-rw for my laptop (dell) is $200 ..
$300 for the cd-rw-dvd :(

Getting one from Nec is another story all together

12-16-2002, 09:55 AM
You can obtain DVD writer drive with a USB interface, which will cost you around $350 :( . You can find a review here. (http://computers.cnet.com/hardware/0-1095-404-9782643.html) Also this (http://h20015.www2.hp.com/en/document.jhtml?lc=en&docName=lpg40507&prodId=hpdvdwrite81685) HP site for a detailed product description.


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