One benefit of having a desktop PC is the interchangeability of most of its components. If you want to replace the DVD player in your PC, you can do it in just a short time with minimal tools and experience.
Power off and unplug your computer. Unscrew and remove the screws connected to the side of your PC tower case. Carefully slide off the casing and set it aside.
Locate the old DVD or CD-ROM player inside your PC and remove the screws on the side holding it to the drive bay. Gently pull it away from the PC and unhook the power and data cables from the back. Make a note of which port on the wide data cable is plugged into the player.
Unplug the small plastic jumper from the back of the new DVD player and set it in the "Master" position, located on the back of the new unit. Consult your DVD player's manual for the pin settings. Connect the wide data cable into the "IDE" plug using the same port on the cable and the thin black power cable into "DC Input."
Slide the new DVD player into its slot and replace the screws around it. Reattach the PC tower casing and replace the screws.
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