Replace the DVD Player in Your Laptop
Edited by Geraldin Carniyan, Olivia, Anonymous, Graeme and 3 others
Thinking of buying a new Laptop because your Laptop's DVD player broke? Are you sure you really want to get rid of your old Laptop and spend another $500? I guess you have to think about it.
Most of us get really frustrated when one of our most important devices or even just a part of it stops functioning. One good example of a device part is the DVD/Optical drive of a Laptop. This serves a very important purpose because this is where we insert the installers of the programs that we need to run in the computer. When this stops working, we become unable to work, do our tasks, finish our school projects, and many more functions. If you are losing hope on your Laptop's DVD drive and the only option that you see it getting rid of it, think again. Here are some steps that you can read and follow to be able to replace your Laptop's DVD drive and save some bucks.
- 1 Basic DVD Player/Optical Drive Troubleshooting
- 2 Replacing your Laptop's DVD Player/Optical Disc Drive
- 3 Questions and Answers
- 4 Comments
Basic DVD Player/Optical Drive Troubleshooting
Before you go about replacing your Laptop's DVD player, you have to be 100 percent sure that it is really the problem. Here are some steps you can try.
- 1Power cycle your Laptop.This step has been tried and tested many times and we perform this in our everyday lives. Refreshing your devices is always the quickest fix to most of its hardware issue.Advertisement
- 2Check your DVDs/CDs.Make sure that the disc that you are trying to load is working fine and doesn't have any damages. To isolate the problem, you can try loading it in a different DVD player and see if it works from there.Advertisement
- 3Enable Autoplay.Autoplay is the capability of a computer to automatically read any media devices that we plug or insert in it. If this is disabled, your DVD player won't recognize any disc.
- On the home screen, click on the start button and go to Default Programs.
- Under Default Programs, click on Change Autoplay settings.
- Make sure that there is a tick on Use Autoplay for all media and devices and press "Save".
- 4Check if the DVD player is being detected.
- On the home screen, click on the start button and type "device manager" in the search bar. Click on Device Manager on the results.
- On the device manager window, look for DVD/CD-ROM Drivers and click on the arrow button on the left to expand it. Make sure that the driver of the DVD player is still there.
- If you do not see the driver of the DVD player on the list, click on Action on the top left hand then Scan for hardware changes. This should automatically find and re-install the driver.
Replacing your Laptop's DVD Player/Optical Disc Drive
When all else fails and your DVD drive has decided to quit, here are the steps that you can follow to replace it with a new one. It is important that your new DVD/optical drive ready before performing this step. We will show you the different Laptop brands and model number to give you the general idea of replacing the DVD drive on your Laptop. Call your computer manufacturer of any local computer shop to help you pick the correct model number of the DVD drive that you need.
Toshiba L750/L755/L750D/L755D Series
HP Pavilion DV6
Dell XPS L502X
- 6Put the cover back in and tighten its screws.Finally, put the cover back and turn your Laptop back on to start using the DVD drive again.Advertisement
Questions and Answers
My DVD player works but the CD player doesn't. should I replace the player on my laptop or take it to someone?
Sorry for so long a question. I can't think of anything to add. I have tried: I tried cleaning the lense and restarting. I think it was caused by: I was in the middle of copying an audio book and the next day when I tried to finish copying it the player wouldn't work. the DVD does work though.
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Recent edits by: Eng, Lynn, Graeme