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My Dell laptop's DVD drive died

by Doctor Who / April 17, 2010 11:55 AM PDT

It appears to me as though my Dell laptop's DVD drive has died. Perhaps it isn't a surprise, as it is a 5 year old laptop. It is an Inspiron 9200 laptop. I've put both DVDs and music CDs into it, and basically it does "Huh? What's this?"

At this point I REALLY don't want to get another laptop (can't afford it) and so I'm wondering if it is possible to put any good brand laptop DVD into my Dell laptop?

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For most laptops
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 17, 2010 12:39 PM PDT

You use laptop dvdrw drives from or other places. There are IDE and SATA types so that's about all there is to it. If you want instructions you can google DELL INSPIRON MODEL DOCUMENTATION (correct to match the model) and you see how to change it out.

Figure about 50 to fix.

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Can you use an external DVD?
by rfalanga / April 23, 2010 1:20 AM PDT
In reply to: For most laptops

Would it be possible to use an external DVD instead?

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For what use?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 23, 2010 1:22 AM PDT

Some can't get USB externals to boot. Others learn about CD/DVD creation software locked to the old drive and more lament how games can't find the game CD.

This and more reasons beyond the fact I pay more for externals has me spend the 20 or less minutes installing the new DVDRW drive.

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Thank you
by Doctor Who / April 23, 2010 10:05 AM PDT
In reply to: For what use?

Thank you for this additional info.

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