You didn't tell what OS. I'll supply a link for XP and Vista below.
-> The shop fees usually add 100 to more bucks for them to change the drive.
Let's find the DELL E1505 DOCUMENTATION with google.
The first link and click on Optical Drive and we can remove the drive. Reverse that step to install the new drive.
What drive? Let's ask Google again.
That's your ubiquitous IDE laptop drive. Let's look around for that.
And Newegg has them at http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827118006 and geeks.com at http://www.geeks.com/details.asp?invtid=BLK-AD-7581A-DO&cat=DVD
Hope this helps.
BEFORE all this try this -> http://www.pchell.com/hardware/cd_drive_error_code_39.shtml
BEFORE all this http://www.google.com/search?q=fotuvoyi finds that this machine got hit with a trojan. I don't see any mention of this or how you dealt with that or if the drive starting failing after this trojan.
The optical drive on my (nearly four year old) Inspiron E1505 very abruptly stopped working - went from no noticeable problems at all to the optical drive not being detected from one day to the next. When I reboot my computer, I get this error message: "Error loading c:\windows\system32\fotuvoyi.dll The specified module could not be found."
Any idea what's wrong and what I might do to fix it myself? I'm pretty sure I could replace the hardware myself, if I got the right part. The warranty is expired. I want to avoid taking it into a shop since I can't afford expensive repairs which might not actually work.
I'm strongly considering buying an external disk drive (one which reads DVDs as well as CD-ROMs) since I plan to get an ultraportable as my next computer fairly soon. If I can repair my Dell, I'll keep it around as my entertainment center, and if not, well, I'm gonna want to watch movies at home *somehow*. But if this is a problem with the hard drive or software somehow, then I'm worried it might have a problem with an external disk drive as well. (It does recognize a USB drive, btw, so it's not ignoring all peripherals, or anything like that. Haven't tried plugging the printer in to see if it recognizes that.)
Thanks for any advice you can give me!