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How to replace a CDROM drive in Toshiba Satellite 2805-S503

Posted on 2005-03-02
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Last Modified: 2012-08-13

I was wondering if someone can tell me the exact procedure to replace a CDROM drive in Toshiba Satelite 2805-S503/S603. I have searched the Toshiba's website on tear-down manuals but no luck so far. I need to know what screws or perhaps keyboard tops I have to remove (and how) to get to the CDROM drive.

Thank you
Question by:oxblood
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What are my upgrade options on the CD-ROM drive, and how do I replace it?

Unfortunately, it says:
"If your computer supports a removable internal CD-ROM/DVD drive then information on how to remove it is contained in the User's Guide."

I looked at the User's Guide and it didn't tell me how to change a CDROM drive.  Perhaps they hid it somewhere on their site?

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Look here to see if any of the toshiba laptops here resembles your laptop.  I actually disasembled my compaq presario by following one of these guides. *Laughs*


I dont recomend it unless you are comfortable with taking apart a laptop, but its a last ditch effort.

David McGraw

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Ok, so this guy I know was kind enough to send me the tear-down manual for my model. I'm closing this thread...

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Here's how:

1) Open the display panel.
2) Using the case separator, unlatch the keyboard holder at the top of the keyboard. It is a gray arch-like panel above the keyboard.
3) Remove two M2.5x4 black flat head screws securing the keyboard.
4) Lift out the keyboard and push it upward. It should slide to get placed on the previous location of panel holder.
5) Disconnect the keyboard cable from PJ7 on the system board and lift out the keyboard.
6)Turn the computer upside down and remove the following fourteen screws:
    - 2 M2.5x4 black flat head screws at the back
    - 2 M2.5x16 black screws from the underside
    - 4 M2.5x4 black flat head screws from battery bay
    - 6 M2.5x6 black screws from the underside
7) Turn the computer right side up and open the display panel again.
8) Disconnect the following four cables
    - LCD/FL cable from PJ2
    - LED/Button cable from PJ5
    - IPS switch cable from PJ10
    - Speaker cable from PJ16
9) Remove four M2.5x6 black screws and two M2x8 brass screws securing the top cover
10) Life up the back side of the top cover and display assembly to release three latches on the front side of the top cover and remove the top cover and display assembly.
11) Now you should see all the motherboard and what not.
12) Slide the CD/DVD-ROM dirve assembly to the right to disconnect from PJ6 on the system board.
13) lift out the drive assembly.
14) Remove two M2x3 silver screws securing the rear bracket. Remove the rear bracket and the two brass washers.
15) Remove two M2x3 silver screws securing the side bracket of the DVD-ROM drive.

Now replace your CDROM with whatever you got and start from step 15 and go all the way to 1 (Phew).

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Wow.... Goodluck! Be Carefull!!!

David McGraw
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Hey, it's not that difficult.  You don't need to take the laptop apart, you can do this by simply removing the keyboard and then 2 screws, one on the bottom and one under the keyboard.

On the bottom, about an inch from the screw at the back corner where the drive is you'll see another screw that looks like it could go right into the bottom of the drive.  Take that one out.  Now flip it back over and carefully remove the strip above the keyboard that has the power button on it.  Then remove 2 screws at the top of the keyboard holding it in place.  Lift the keyboard up and look for a small screw right over the back of the dvd drive. Remove that screw and then the whole drive assembly just slides right out. Remove the brackets from the old drive and put them on the new drive and reverse the process.  Keep in mind that the faceplate on the drive is unique for that model (whole 2800 series) of computer so if you get a "generic drive" this may cause a problem.  That model had either a Toshiba or Panasonic (Matsushita) drive, but there were different models of drives used and they are not all interchangeable.  Different drives have the eject button, activity light and "paper clip hole" in different locations so you can't always swap the faceplates and have everything line up.

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