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How do I remove a DVD-ROM drive from a Toshiba Satellite 1045-S151

Posted on 2006-07-02
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Hi all:

The question basically says it all.  I need to get a part# from the bottom, in order to order
a replacement unit, and ultimately to swap it out once it arrives.

It's not at all obvious to me how to remove this drive.

Thanks!
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by:scrathcyboy
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WIth most toshibas, you either push the drive into the housing, until it clicks and then you can remove it, or else there is a small button on the LEFT side of the drive, to push that to remove it.  Before the new versions, you would have to lift the keyboard, and flip a level on the side of the drive to get it out, but they did away with that, because it caused too many keyboard problems.  Now you just push the button on the left side of the drive, or else push the whole drive in, until the latch releases and it comes out....
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Hmmm.... unfortunately, neither of those seems to work....
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Then pivot up the keyboard, and see what is available.  There used to be a simple push latch to release the lock, you just flick this up or down and it is free.  Try that, the KB should be easy to lever up (two small clips on either side of the KB), all you have to do is be careful and gentle....
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 Oh, right... the keyboard thing... I'll check that, too. Thanks...
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The panel just above the function keys between the keyboard and the top of the display needs to be carefully pryed loose -- it is held in place by friction.   After you remove it; there are two small screws that hold the keyboard in place (you'll be easily able to identify them).   Remove those two screws; then carefully life the keyboard and rotate it forward 180 degrees (don't try to remove it -- there's a ribbon cable that attaches to the motherboard).   You can then unscrew the two screws the hold the optical drive in place -- and it will then slide out of the unit (just push it out).

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Thanks!
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glad we could help
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