Figured out that the top has to be removed, then there's a chunk of metal that can be slid out to access the cd/dvd-rom drives.
thanks in advance for anyone who thought about this.
I have a Sony Vaio PCV-RX850 desktop, and a new dvd-rw drive. That's all well and good, but I can't for the life of me figure out how to get to the old drive to get it out. A lame (and quite frustrating) riveted chunk of metal is thwarting all attempts to reach it. Any suggestions?