DVD drive for Inspiron 8200

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After receiving 7 devices from Dell none of which work with my I8200, I am
beyond discouraged. I wanted to order a new Dell laptop by Nov 29 to have it
ready for a trip, but this now appears out of reach.

Corey, who moderates the CD/DVD part of Dell's Inspiron forum told me I need
either part 0X842 or 3U362. However, when I give Dell reps -- either by
email or by phone -- they tell me these parts numbers will not work. One
said those DVD drives were modular and I need an internal device.

http://www.sps-site.org/i8200_dvd.htm These crude pictures compare the
original DVD drives (always on top) to the last three sent to me by Dell.
They are model GDR-8082N. The replacement looks very similar but does not
work. I took both of them to CompUSA and when they removed the external
plate (from the original) that allows one to open the tray, they said it
would not fit the slots on the replacement DVD drive.

So what do I do now? Do I need to send the entire notebook to Dell and let
them sort it out? Another agent is sending me DVD drive #8, but I have no
reason to believe that it will actually work.

Also, this whole experience is making me wonder about getting another Dell
if I can't even replace a DVD-ROM drive in a 2 year old laptop.
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  1. Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

    On Thu, 25 Nov 2004 08:12:22 -0600, "Ako" <ako@utopia.net> wrote:

    >After receiving 7 devices from Dell none of which work with my I8200, I am
    >beyond discouraged. I wanted to order a new Dell laptop by Nov 29 to have it
    >ready for a trip, but this now appears out of reach.

    7 defective drives? I doubt - maybe there is a problem somewhere else?
    Have you had a technician to replace them, or did you do it your self?
    What is the problem more specific?
  2. Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

    The drives were not defective, they simply were not the correct ones for my
    laptop much like the last three identical units that were close to the
    original but will not work.

    I have no problem replacing these kinds of drives, but had it looked at by
    the IT department at my office and CompUSA to make sure I was not wrong.

    My problem is finding someone at Dell who can find a DVD-ROM drive that will
    simply work with the i8200. I don't understand why Dell finds this such a
    challenge.

    "Henning" <newsmail@REMOVETHISmailme.dk> wrote in message
    news:naubq0pieupai0nnrjkpr582c34hcaohvn@4ax.com...
    > On Thu, 25 Nov 2004 08:12:22 -0600, "Ako" <ako@utopia.net> wrote:
    >
    >>After receiving 7 devices from Dell none of which work with my I8200, I am
    >>beyond discouraged. I wanted to order a new Dell laptop by Nov 29 to have
    >>it
    >>ready for a trip, but this now appears out of reach.
    >
    > 7 defective drives? I doubt - maybe there is a problem somewhere else?
    > Have you had a technician to replace them, or did you do it your self?
    > What is the problem more specific?
  3. Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

    Someone just pointed me to this web
    http://www.parts-people.com/index.php?action=item&id=185&prevaction=category&previd=2&prevstart=0

    The description of the DVD drive says that it install through the front bay,
    but mine goes through the left side. Are these terms "front" and "side"
    being used loosely or literally?
    "Ako" <ako@utopia.net> wrote in message
    news:8Llpd.102310$tU4.3218@okepread06...
    > After receiving 7 devices from Dell none of which work with my I8200, I am
    > beyond discouraged. I wanted to order a new Dell laptop by Nov 29 to have
    > it ready for a trip, but this now appears out of reach.
    >
    > Corey, who moderates the CD/DVD part of Dell's Inspiron forum told me I
    > need either part 0X842 or 3U362. However, when I give Dell reps -- either
    > by email or by phone -- they tell me these parts numbers will not work.
    > One said those DVD drives were modular and I need an internal device.
    >
    > http://www.sps-site.org/i8200_dvd.htm These crude pictures compare the
    > original DVD drives (always on top) to the last three sent to me by Dell.
    > They are model GDR-8082N. The replacement looks very similar but does not
    > work. I took both of them to CompUSA and when they removed the external
    > plate (from the original) that allows one to open the tray, they said it
    > would not fit the slots on the replacement DVD drive.
    >
    > So what do I do now? Do I need to send the entire notebook to Dell and let
    > them sort it out? Another agent is sending me DVD drive #8, but I have no
    > reason to believe that it will actually work.
    >
    > Also, this whole experience is making me wonder about getting another Dell
    > if I can't even replace a DVD-ROM drive in a 2 year old laptop.
    >
    >
  4. Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

    This looks like the one you need
    http://www.parts-people.com/index.php?action=item&id=615&prevaction=category&previd=2&prevstart=0
    assuming you need the drive on the side. That's the fixed drive.

    If you need the one for the front, that would be the other one which is
    for the modular bay. The drive itself might be the same, but the carrier is
    different. It is designed to allow you to swap it out for a floppy drive,
    extra battery, modular hard drive for s econd hard drive or whatever.

    Dell should be sending you one that pops in after taking out one screw.
    Mind you, they were never able to provide me with a correct bezel, but so it
    goes...

    --
    Thomas M. Goethe

    "Ako" <ako@utopia.net> wrote in message
    news:AJupd.102347$tU4.8618@okepread06...
    > Someone just pointed me to this web
    > http://www.parts-people.com/index.php?action=item&id=185&prevaction=category&previd=2&prevstart=0
    >
    > The description of the DVD drive says that it install through the front
    > bay, but mine goes through the left side. Are these terms "front" and
    > "side" being used loosely or literally?
    > "Ako" <ako@utopia.net> wrote in message
    > news:8Llpd.102310$tU4.3218@okepread06...
    >> After receiving 7 devices from Dell none of which work with my I8200, I
    >> am beyond discouraged. I wanted to order a new Dell laptop by Nov 29 to
    >> have it ready for a trip, but this now appears out of reach.
    >>
    >> Corey, who moderates the CD/DVD part of Dell's Inspiron forum told me I
    >> need either part 0X842 or 3U362. However, when I give Dell reps -- either
    >> by email or by phone -- they tell me these parts numbers will not work.
    >> One said those DVD drives were modular and I need an internal device.
    >>
    >> http://www.sps-site.org/i8200_dvd.htm These crude pictures compare the
    >> original DVD drives (always on top) to the last three sent to me by Dell.
    >> They are model GDR-8082N. The replacement looks very similar but does not
    >> work. I took both of them to CompUSA and when they removed the external
    >> plate (from the original) that allows one to open the tray, they said it
    >> would not fit the slots on the replacement DVD drive.
    >>
    >> So what do I do now? Do I need to send the entire notebook to Dell and
    >> let them sort it out? Another agent is sending me DVD drive #8, but I
    >> have no reason to believe that it will actually work.
    >>
    >> Also, this whole experience is making me wonder about getting another
    >> Dell if I can't even replace a DVD-ROM drive in a 2 year old laptop.
    >>
    >>
    >
    >
  5. Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

    Correct, my DVD drive goes into the left side. Is that was "fixed" means
    here as opposed to "modular" being one that goes in through the front where,
    in my case, there is an internal floppy drive?

    Thanks for your help.

    "Thomas M. Goethe" <goethe11@lycos.com> wrote in message
    news:30ng4nF337687U1@uni-berlin.de...
    > This looks like the one you need
    > http://www.parts-people.com/index.php?action=item&id=615&prevaction=category&previd=2&prevstart=0
    > assuming you need the drive on the side. That's the fixed drive.
    >
    > If you need the one for the front, that would be the other one which is
    > for the modular bay. The drive itself might be the same, but the carrier
    > is different. It is designed to allow you to swap it out for a floppy
    > drive, extra battery, modular hard drive for s econd hard drive or
    > whatever.
    >
    > Dell should be sending you one that pops in after taking out one screw.
    > Mind you, they were never able to provide me with a correct bezel, but so
    > it goes...
    >
    > --
    > Thomas M. Goethe
    >
    > "Ako" <ako@utopia.net> wrote in message
    > news:AJupd.102347$tU4.8618@okepread06...
    >> Someone just pointed me to this web
    >> http://www.parts-people.com/index.php?action=item&id=185&prevaction=category&previd=2&prevstart=0
    >>
    >> The description of the DVD drive says that it install through the front
    >> bay, but mine goes through the left side. Are these terms "front" and
    >> "side" being used loosely or literally?
    >> "Ako" <ako@utopia.net> wrote in message
    >> news:8Llpd.102310$tU4.3218@okepread06...
    >>> After receiving 7 devices from Dell none of which work with my I8200, I
    >>> am beyond discouraged. I wanted to order a new Dell laptop by Nov 29 to
    >>> have it ready for a trip, but this now appears out of reach.
    >>>
    >>> Corey, who moderates the CD/DVD part of Dell's Inspiron forum told me I
    >>> need either part 0X842 or 3U362. However, when I give Dell reps --
    >>> either by email or by phone -- they tell me these parts numbers will not
    >>> work. One said those DVD drives were modular and I need an internal
    >>> device.
    >>>
    >>> http://www.sps-site.org/i8200_dvd.htm These crude pictures compare the
    >>> original DVD drives (always on top) to the last three sent to me by
    >>> Dell. They are model GDR-8082N. The replacement looks very similar but
    >>> does not work. I took both of them to CompUSA and when they removed the
    >>> external plate (from the original) that allows one to open the tray,
    >>> they said it would not fit the slots on the replacement DVD drive.
    >>>
    >>> So what do I do now? Do I need to send the entire notebook to Dell and
    >>> let them sort it out? Another agent is sending me DVD drive #8, but I
    >>> have no reason to believe that it will actually work.
    >>>
    >>> Also, this whole experience is making me wonder about getting another
    >>> Dell if I can't even replace a DVD-ROM drive in a 2 year old laptop.
    >>>
    >>>
    >>
    >>
    >
    >
  6. Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

    In news:AJupd.102347$tU4.8618@okepread06,
    Ako <ako@utopia.net> opined very noisily:
    > Someone just pointed me to this web
    > http://www.parts-people.com/index.php?action=item&id=185&prevaction=category&previd=2&prevstart=0
    >
    > The description of the DVD drive says that it install through the
    > front bay, but mine goes through the left side. Are these terms
    > "front" and "side" being used loosely or literally?


    That is a drive for a "Latitude "
    see
    http://www.parts-people.com/index.php?action=item&id=187&prevaction=category&previd=18&prevstart=12

    not for a 8200
    --

    Yddap
    Remove guts to reply
  7. Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

    Many Latitudes and Inspirons are the same except for some external trim
    and the presence of a few extra buttons for volume or CD controls. The
    drives and carriers for the Inspiron 8000, 8100 and 8200 are the same as for
    the Latitude C800, C810 and C840.

    See http://home.comcast.net/~stonent/ or
    http://www.bay-wolf.com/mainfaq.htm or
    http://www.geocities.com/thebithead/I8200FAQ.htm for a lot of info on these
    machines. Wish they had kept them going.


    --
    Thomas M. Goethe

    "Yddap" <yddap@spyentrailsmac.com> wrote in message
    news:FTupd.23194$up1.13817@text.news.blueyonder.co.uk...
    > In news:AJupd.102347$tU4.8618@okepread06,
    > Ako <ako@utopia.net> opined very noisily:
    >> Someone just pointed me to this web
    >> http://www.parts-people.com/index.php?action=item&id=185&prevaction=category&previd=2&prevstart=0
    >>
    >> The description of the DVD drive says that it install through the
    >> front bay, but mine goes through the left side. Are these terms
    >> "front" and "side" being used loosely or literally?
    >
    >
    > That is a drive for a "Latitude "
    > see
    > http://www.parts-people.com/index.php?action=item&id=187&prevaction=category&previd=18&prevstart=12
    >
    > not for a 8200
    > --
    >
    > Yddap
    > Remove guts to reply
    >
  8. Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

    Yes indeed, the drive mounted on the left side of the computer is the
    fixed drive. The drive on the front is the modular bay one. If you use XP or
    Win 2000, you should see a small icon in the tray on the right side. If you
    click it, it will give you the list of removable items in the computer. You
    can click on the floppy drive and it will then give you a flag saying you
    can remove it. You could then pop in a different drive, a battery or if you
    got one with the computer, a plastic cover to hide the hole.


    --
    Thomas M. Goethe

    "Ako" <ako@utopia.net> wrote in message
    news:fWxpd.102357$tU4.90223@okepread06...
    > Correct, my DVD drive goes into the left side. Is that was "fixed" means
    > here as opposed to "modular" being one that goes in through the front
    > where, in my case, there is an internal floppy drive?
    >
    > Thanks for your help.
    >
    > "Thomas M. Goethe" <goethe11@lycos.com> wrote in message
    > news:30ng4nF337687U1@uni-berlin.de...
    >> This looks like the one you need
    >> http://www.parts-people.com/index.php?action=item&id=615&prevaction=category&previd=2&prevstart=0
    >> assuming you need the drive on the side. That's the fixed drive.
    >>
    >> If you need the one for the front, that would be the other one which
    >> is for the modular bay. The drive itself might be the same, but the
    >> carrier is different. It is designed to allow you to swap it out for a
    >> floppy drive, extra battery, modular hard drive for s econd hard drive or
    >> whatever.
    >>
    >> Dell should be sending you one that pops in after taking out one
    >> screw. Mind you, they were never able to provide me with a correct bezel,
    >> but so it goes...
    >>
    >> --
    >> Thomas M. Goethe
    >>
    >> "Ako" <ako@utopia.net> wrote in message
    >> news:AJupd.102347$tU4.8618@okepread06...
    >>> Someone just pointed me to this web
    >>> http://www.parts-people.com/index.php?action=item&id=185&prevaction=category&previd=2&prevstart=0
    >>>
    >>> The description of the DVD drive says that it install through the front
    >>> bay, but mine goes through the left side. Are these terms "front" and
    >>> "side" being used loosely or literally?
    >>> "Ako" <ako@utopia.net> wrote in message
    >>> news:8Llpd.102310$tU4.3218@okepread06...
    >>>> After receiving 7 devices from Dell none of which work with my I8200, I
    >>>> am beyond discouraged. I wanted to order a new Dell laptop by Nov 29 to
    >>>> have it ready for a trip, but this now appears out of reach.
    >>>>
    >>>> Corey, who moderates the CD/DVD part of Dell's Inspiron forum told me I
    >>>> need either part 0X842 or 3U362. However, when I give Dell reps --
    >>>> either by email or by phone -- they tell me these parts numbers will
    >>>> not work. One said those DVD drives were modular and I need an internal
    >>>> device.
    >>>>
    >>>> http://www.sps-site.org/i8200_dvd.htm These crude pictures compare the
    >>>> original DVD drives (always on top) to the last three sent to me by
    >>>> Dell. They are model GDR-8082N. The replacement looks very similar but
    >>>> does not work. I took both of them to CompUSA and when they removed the
    >>>> external plate (from the original) that allows one to open the tray,
    >>>> they said it would not fit the slots on the replacement DVD drive.
    >>>>
    >>>> So what do I do now? Do I need to send the entire notebook to Dell and
    >>>> let them sort it out? Another agent is sending me DVD drive #8, but I
    >>>> have no reason to believe that it will actually work.
    >>>>
    >>>> Also, this whole experience is making me wonder about getting another
    >>>> Dell if I can't even replace a DVD-ROM drive in a 2 year old laptop.
    >>>>
    >>>>
    >>>
    >>>
    >>
    >>
    >
    >
  9. Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

    On Thu, 25 Nov 2004 10:06:09 -0600, "Ako" <ako@utopia.net> wrote:

    >The drives were not defective, they simply were not the correct ones for my
    >laptop much like the last three identical units that were close to the
    >original but will not work.

    If you look at the original one, you'll se a barcode label somewhere.
    Call Dell and tell them he sparepartnumber, DP/Nxxxx
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