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Old 30th May 2009, 23:10   #1
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Default Laptop DVD write kaput - Repair cost?

MY Dell Inspiron E1505 DVD writer is kaput. The laptop is 3 years old, hence its out of warranty.
So either I have to buy a new DVD writer, or get it repaired.
Can somebody let me know of a good shop in Nehru place where I can go for the repair.
If I have to get a new one, any idea how much does it cost?
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Old 30th May 2009, 23:25   #2
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Never found laptop drives to be reliable!
A couple of times my dvd drive has started working just by rubbing the lens with a cloth.

if you use the laptop mainly at home, you car try a usb thing @ 2.5 - 3k.
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Try cleaning head with isopropyl on a clean cloth.
If this does not work out, go for a USB one. Even after repairs it will not be so reliable.
So for reliability purpose, its better to get a new one.
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Just get a replacement slot-in drive. Not worth repairing but like the others have written no harm in giving the head a clean.
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Old 31st May 2009, 02:19   #5
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Give it one of those home remedy shots otherwise just buy a new one.
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Go ahead and buy this - Dell Inspiron E1505 DVD ROM items on eBay.com
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I have already cleaned head with Ethanol, the only difference is that now it can read CDs and DVDs, however writing is still not working, and when it starts finalizing disk, it says "Cannot finalize disk" and the disk is junk after that!
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I think thats CD writer/DVD read only.

Any generic slot type DVD writer can be fitted into the laptop, but DELL people have custom made plastic bezel and the plastic enclosure around the writer. Removing that and reusing it is too hard. I had a non-working DELL laptop and wanted to put the DVD writer into a generic enclosure (Like the HDD enclosures) to use as a portable DVD writer. In the end I had to saw/melt the DELL plastic bezel/enclosure off the writer.
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Buy a new one from Nehru Place. Should not cost be above 1.5-2K. Try at SMC computers. Its towards the old theater facing towards parking.
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Repair job of dvdr is not advisable.
Since you are in delhi call a friend, neeraj @ 9312653141, 9212092231. He is best there is for laptop. SOme other members have also benefited from him. you can give him my reference. (kenden)
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I have the same problem with my Vaio. I was told that its not because that the lens is dirty its because the alignment of the lens is spoilt. On writing i get the same message "cannot finalise disk"

I was advised not the get the laptop opened and to go in for an external DVD-RW. That will be cheaper as well as more durable.
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I was told that its not because that the lens is dirty its because the alignment of the lens is spoilt.
That's what EVERYBODY out there says. I've never seen some one re-align a lens to fix it.

It's actually more like lens, growning old and weak.

Regular healthy, use keeps them going for long. Over use or under use kills and heat makes them fail too.
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I called up Shree computers Nehru place.
New Internal DVD drive costs 4500, and a USB one is 3500.

then I googled some and found these guys
Challans: index

They are quoting 2400 for HP or Panasonic DVD writer with 6 months warranty.

However I see that SATA DVD writers are just 1150rs or so. If I have a SATA-USB adaptor cable, can I use one of these, and simple connect as external. Power supply can be a problem though I think.

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Didn't you call the number above. Shree laptop is very expensive.

If you are a DIY you can buy a external casing from company like ENTER and SVB for Rs.450 and a DVR writer for 1000. Its bulky though with all those supply.

BTW i bought one made by Enter USB (without supply) from the same person mentoned above for Rs.2450.
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So you are suggesting I buy a HDD SATA casing, and just put in a DVD Writer... that sounds interesting.
Whats the power requirement for these casings.. I guess around 50W?

Did you buy one from the laptopnrepair guys or shree computer? What about drivers etc., is it recognized as a generic device? Thats important because I will be using it under Linux
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