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meridius10 05-04-2011 10:17 AM

DVD-ROM broken in laptop
The DVD-ROM laptop in my laptop is broken. As it is so old (10 years), there is no BIOS option to either boot from a USB drive, only by floppy disk USB or a PC Card HDD.

I have an external DVD drive. Is it possible to connect it to the socket inside the existing DVD-ROM drive (ie. the empty space once the DVD-ROM is taken out) or is there a better way of doing this.

Am trying to avoid the floppy disk route...

DominicD 05-04-2011 11:33 AM

hello and welcome to the forums!

thats quite a tricky problem there..

i suggest:
1. bios update -- lets hope the the motherboard manufacturer might have a bios update that supports booting from a usb flash drive.

2. dvd replacement -- laptop dvd drives are somehow "standard" in terms of being replaceable. the replacement does not have to be an exact model, as long as it fits inside the internal frame of the dvd drive slot.

check with the laptop's hardware guide OR parts-and-replacement reference. you should be able to get the dvd drive's model/service/part number. you can search for the part number on Google and find third party laptop parts vendors.

if you can find the laptop's hardware guide, you could try removing the dvd rom. below are pictures of how someone replaced their dvd drive

if you can post the exact brand and model number of your laptop, we can help you search for possible hardware replacement/maintenance manuals, and/or find third party vendors.


its not likely that you would find a circuit diagram for your laptop. but if you are confident with electronics and stuff, maybe you can indeed hard wire the internal cable to a usb external dvd :) goodluck

meridius10 05-04-2011 01:32 PM

Thanks for this very helpful response. :)

I did try a BIOS update, but as the laptop is so old, it does not have the boot from USB facility, only from floppy disk and I'm not sure how many you need to install Windows XP...

I think I will avoid fiddling with the internal circuitry and (reluctantly) see if I can find a replacement DVD-ROM.

BTW - the laptop is a Toshiba Portege 4000.

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