I have an old Compaq Presario 1625. The CD-ROM drive has recently stopped working. The Device Manager would show the drive, but when I put a disc in, it would not read it.
I checked eBay and Googled around and found replacement drives to be in the $50+ range. I pondered whether or not I could replace the drive myself, so off to Googleworld I went.
Compaq’s site offers complete disassembly instructions! I followed the steps carefully and within 15 minutes, I had gutted enough of the computer to be able to remove the offending drive.
All is well even though I have computer guts all over the desk. I reverse my steps and fire the beast up. So far so good.
I get a warning box telling that a mouse could not found. The computer has a touchpad (like most laptops). I popped the cover off again and see that I’ve pinched the thin connector ribbon that attaches the touchpad to the motherboard.
I go back to Compaq’s site figuring I could order a new one.
I would have to order a cable replacement kit (which includes all the cables in the computer). The price?
$275+!!! (Other online computer stores have it as “low” as $198)
Well, on the bright side, I never liked using the touchpad anyway. I’ve been using an old serial mouse.