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    New CD/DVD Drive in HP Pavilion

    Friends of mine bought a new HP Pavilion desktop. They thought they ordered it with a CD/DVD burner and a "read-only" CD/DVD drive, so they wouldn't have to shuffle discs so much when copying. Instead they only got the burner. It has a drop-down cover over the drive, rather than the standard face-plate. Assuming I can find a standard 5.25-inch CD/DVD drive for them, can it be installed in this machine? Or do I have to get a drive only from HP, that uses the drop-down cover business?

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    Re: New CD/DVD Drive in HP Pavilion

    John J,
    Hello, About a month ago i had opportunity to "get inside" my "PC" (HP Pavilion a6167c) to install a new hard drive for a place to put my (Acronis TI-11) "backups" I am not sure your "PC" is the same, but i offer this information on a chance it might help. while installing the new hard drive i noticed that there was an "extra space" for another DVD/CD drive,as well as one for another hard drive. from the looks of it installing another DVD/CD unit, looks like no problem.Anyway heres my advice (free) go to the "HP" website http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/documen...1992&dlc=en This shows how to install a DVD/CD unit,with a video (and commentary) You might be able to discern whats up. One final (free) advice. "HP" wanted (aprox) $340usd for the hard drive in my "PC"bought it from http://www.directron.com/ for $80usd (and a better unit same brand hitachi 500GB). Regards Plain Fred
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    Re: New CD/DVD Drive in HP Pavilion

    Fred,

    >> from the looks of it installing another DVD/CD unit, looks like no problem. <<

    I had to go out to their house Saturday on another problem, and took another look at the HP. It does appear that a standard CD/DVD drive will work, and that the button on the drop-down cover will simply press the button on the face of the drive. Ordered a drive from NewEgg yesterday.

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    Re: New CD/DVD Drive in HP Pavilion

    Depending on the chassis behind the case front, your worst-case-senario would be to remove the flap on the outside of the case, and mount the new drive forward in the chassis. This is only doable, if the mounting holes allow it.

    It wouldn't be the prettiest solution, but it would work <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>.
    Christopher Baldrey

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    Re: New CD/DVD Drive in HP Pavilion

    >> Depending on the chassis behind the case front, your worst-case-senario would be to remove the flap on the outside of the case, and mount the new drive forward in the chassis. This is only doable, if the mounting holes allow it. <<

    Turned out the physical mounting of the drive was the only thing that went well It went in without a problem, and the dropdown flap and its button worked just like the one over the original burner did. BUT the IDE cable had only one connector on the "drive" end, so I had to go scout up another cable. Once everything was connected, I started the PC and it wouldn't see either drive. Changing from Master/Slave to Cable Select made no difference. Then I connected only the original drive, using the original IDE cable, and it wasn't showing up either! Finally found out the PC had the problem with bogus registry keys put in place by the software package that came with the original burner. Removed those keys and all was well. Or I should say "almost well," as I still had to use Disk Management to re-assign drive letters, so the burner would be Drive E and the CD/DVD-ROM drive would be Drive F, with all the memory card readers starting with G.

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