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DVD Burner Question

By Kuderer ยท 10 replies
Nov 30, 2005
  1. I'm new here and had a question for you guys. Here it goes...

    I bought a Gateway computer that had a DVD burner in June and shortly thereafter I broke the pixels inside the computer, long story. Anyway I bought a new Gateway laptop, different model that does not have a DVD Burner. My question is, is it possible to take the DVD burner out of the old laptop and put it into my new one without any software to install anything? I know I will void the warranty on my new laptop but I really want a DVD burner without dishing out 100 to 200 bucks for it.

    Any help would be great and maybe some information on going about doing this would be great. Thanks.
  2. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    Yes, usually the devices are interchangeable between different models from the same era. Just try putting in the burner - if it fits then it works.

    You need to install DVD burning software on the new computer (came with the old one I'm sure) if you want to use all features of the burner.
  3. Kuderer

    Kuderer TS Rookie Topic Starter

    thanks for your help. What if my old computer did not come with any software, I guess i'm not sure cause I'm off at college right now and can't check on that. I know you can download stuff online here, will that work? Also can somebody give me directions as to what I should do to safely remove and put in the DVD burner? Thanks.
  4. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 4,572   +65

    For a free CD/DVD burning solution, http://www.cdburnerxp.org is recommended by myself. I've had a lot of customers who were satisfied using this product after being accustomed to Nero and Easy CD Creator.

    You can also buy Nero (recommended) at just about any computer/software store.

    Every laptop is different so no one can really give you instructions unless they have experience with your exact model of laptop. Sometimes manufacturers have guides on how to remove/add components on their website. Look in Gateway's support section and see if you can find any technical documents.

    Many laptops (although I don't remember many gateways like this) have a modular bay which makes it really easy to slide out the optical drive by pressing a button on the side or bottom of the laptop. There are some that are screwed in from the bottom, then they slide right out. And for the rest, you may need to disassemble the entire notebook. :knock:
  5. Kuderer

    Kuderer TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Good news I was able to easily switch the roms and it worked. Everything seems to be going great except there is a bid of a grinding like noise when my computer starts up, it goes away tho. Anybody know why this is happening? Thanks.
  6. patio

    patio TS Guru Posts: 482

    Check all the fans inside that case by removing a side panel, especially the one on the CPU and vid card.
    If it's pretty loud it's most likely the one on the PSU...
    Replace any if they are not running! Remember Heat Kills.

    patio. :cool:
  7. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    Patio: Kuderer has a laptop..

    Can you locate the noise?
  8. Kuderer

    Kuderer TS Rookie Topic Starter

    It comes from the DVD RW drive, it goes away right after startup. I'm not worried about it but if you guys know what it could be just let me know.
  9. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    It is either the drive doing self-initialisation or the BIOS checking if there is a CD to boot from. Nothing to worry about.
  10. iss

    iss TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,994

    Older laptop optical drives are noisey and the older they get the more noise they make.
  11. Kuderer

    Kuderer TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks for your help. I was able to give myself a pretty nice Christmas present without spending any additional money. Thanks guys.
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