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Comments: Replacing the CD-ReWritable in a Presario


Sometime ago I bought a BenQ DW1650 16x DVD ReWriter. Originally I installed this rewriter in Esme's computer, and moved the DVD reader from her computer to mine, a Compaq Presario SR1505LA. However, last week I decided that it would be much easier to have the DVD rewriter in my computer instead of moving files to Esme's computer in order to burn them on DVD.

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Hi John, thanks for the help.

I noticed you mentioned the Imation DVD failed -- did you know that some manufacturers of DVDs have arrangements with DVD-R and CD-R manufacturers so that when an Imation disk is put it, it gives an "error"? Sounds weird but in the cuthroat business of recordable media...Thought that might have been your problem.

Posted by robko at 13:33 GMT on 23 November 2007

THANK YOU SOOOOOO MUCH!!! I had never done anything hardware related before. The CD/DVD drive in the Compaq Presario I inherited from a friend wasn't working. I bought a new drive and was dismayed that there weren't printed instructions in the box. I found your post via a Google search. I am VERY appreciative of the time & effort you put into posting such detailed instructions. Thanks to you I was able to successfully replace the CD/DVD player. I had never so much as taken off the side panel of a PC before (I actually had to ask the guy at Staples to show me how), and was rather nervous about doing it. I do have one suggestion for your post --the one thing you didn't mention in it is to reconnect the 2 internal plugs that you carefully described how to disconnect.


Best wishes to you for a great year down there in Mexico. P.S. I'm american but am a great fan of the Netherlands, having several close Dutch friends in Leiden. Dank u wel!

Posted by Susan at 17:58 GMT on 19 January 2008

Hey thanks for the info on the case removel had a customers HDD crash and needed to install a better one also pics where perfect


Posted by Don Stephens at 14:00 GMT on 25 April 2008

Thanks Don, and you're welcome, glad to be of help.

Posted by John Bokma at 21:20 GMT on 1 May 2008

Thank you so much for your detailed information on changing the optical drive. Just bought a second hand compaq presario and wanted to add some hardware from my old PC in it. Your page was a present from God for me because otherwise would stay till tomorrow morning trying to remove that thing. Thank you again. Really appreciate your help.

Posted by Kanaris at 13:30 GMT on 30 September 2008

Thanks a lot for this info. I could not for the life of me figure out how to get front bezel off of a similiar pc to do a harddrive replacement for a client. This page helped me immensely.

Posted by Chris at 03:14 GMT on 19 March 2010

Thanks for this. I inherited my mum's old PC and it had a knackered DVD drive. I thought I could replace the thing until I got inside and there seemed no way to remove it. The weird green shield thing confused me and I couldn't see how to remove the front (I completely missed the black tabs underneath the drive bays).

Again, many thanks.

Posted by Paul at 14:49 GMT on 20 December 2010

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