How to remove a CD drive on a Dell 5160 laptop?
April 10, 2006 3:01 PM   Subscribe

The CDRW/DVD-ROM drive on my Dell 5160 laptop is dead. I have a replacement drive. But I don't know how to pull the old one. I've worked on desktops quite a bit, but I've never done any real service on a laptop, other than upgrading memory. My Google-Fu has failed me. Can you help?
posted by wheat to Computers & Internet (5 answers total)
Have you tried gooling for terms like 'repair manual', etc? If you can find a PDF, you should be set.

Otherwise, you're just going to have to do the time-honored "unscrew everything and hope you get it back together correctly".
posted by cellphone at 3:58 PM on April 10, 2006

Dell 5160 Systems Service Manual
posted by cellphone at 3:59 PM on April 10, 2006

And more specifically, Removing the Optical Drive
posted by cellphone at 4:00 PM on April 10, 2006

where did you get the replacement drive? I need one as well and was waiting till my week was up to ask the same question
posted by curiocity at 6:03 PM on April 10, 2006

cellphone: you totally rock!

curiocity: I got mine on ebay.
posted by wheat at 8:51 PM on April 10, 2006

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