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DVD Drive Replacement

Hi, I have a NEC ND6650A Drive in my Laptop that has gone bad and am considering alternate manufacturers( not pleased with NEC).
I like Pioneer DVR K17, But am wondering about compatibility -
1. Dimensions
2. Interface
There seems to be a difference in the information of the two products(available online)
Any help/suggestions would be appreciated

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The bezel rarely is an exact match.

But I no longer worry about that. If you look at the picture of the business end of the drive and if the connector is in the same spot it will plug in. As to software compatibility it rarely works with what OEM versions you have.


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DVD replacement

All of the CD/DVD's that I have seen interface the same. If you are having difficulty, you might consider an external drive which can be
installed by merely pluging in a USB connector.

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bad nec DVD drive

I got a notebook from Dell, and my NEC ND-6650A DVD drive had to be replaced when just out of warranty (at my cost). Almost one year later, seems I need another replacement. No problems writing and reading CDs; and I can still, sometimes, read DVDs prerecorded on. But now I can't read anymore DVDs I burned myself, although some of them can be read on friends (different make/model)DVD drives.
What happens with mine is that after inserting a DVD into the drive, there is a clicking noise which stops after a minute or so; when I try to open (read the content of) the DVD, I get a msg 'insert a disk'. Also, the drive is scratching my DVD, there are one or more circles on the writing surface which look to me like scratches.
The upshot, in my opinion, is that this drive (NEC ND-6650A) has an inherent fault, and should be replaced, free of charge, by NEC or the retailer of this product.

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And they will replace it.

If it's in warranty. I don't see why they would outside of warranty.


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Yeah, if still under warranty

....which it ain't. They should in any case, as IMO that drive is unfit to be marketed, unless there is a clear statement that the drive will last less than 12 month. In my view, it's less a fault of Dell, but of NEC. I can accept I got one only bad DVD drive, but the indications are there is a design flaw - so NEC ought to recall and replace their faulty drives.
As it is, I can't recommend to anyone to buy a computer with a ND 6550A DVD drive.

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It's a well known issue that such drives are lasting ...

Only some 12 to 36 months. Some of us consider this unacceptable. But let's think back to the days when a drive lasted 5 years. It was a bit pricey compared to today.

Will you pay that price?


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NEC dvd drives

It wasn't a well know fact to me. And it IS unacceptable. To the consumer as well as the manufacturers (since I will tend to stay clear from any NCE (and come to that, Dell)products, from now on.
As to the price, it's irrelevant. I was one of the first who bought a 1X (single speed!!!) CD drive for A$1000 at the time. If one can still buy a CD drive only (most are now DVD which handles CD as well, a combo drive can be gad for $30. Same applies to hard disks.

Once more, my point is that this particular NEC DVD drive is flawed. Shouldn't be on the market! Would you accept to buy a new car, and the engine, or the engine computer management system, packs it it after one year?

And last, don't know if I can replace that NEC drive with a different make/model, it may not fit into my notebook. One option might be to go for an external DVD drive. Which defeats the purpose of having a compact transportable computer.

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Sadly, my 1KUSD 1X CD recorder still functions.

They don't make them like they used to but we don't pay 1K buck anymore either.

Was this a good trade?

The NEC in question lasted no longer or shorter than other makes I encounter. Why would you only slam NEC for this? My bet in 12 to so many months you will dislike your new make of drive.


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