Anatomy of a failed CD-ROM drive
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40x Compaq CD-ROM drive
ntThe test subject, a failed 40x Compaq CD-ROM drive.
Removing the front panel
The autopsy begins by using a flathead screwdriver to extract the decorative front panel.
Removing the case's top cover
Removing four Philips head screws from the top of the case and prying the lid up reveals the back of the circuit board.
The circuit board’s business side, after disconnecting the data ribbon, audio cable and the power supply connection.
Drive motor and wiring
The circuit board removed, the CD-ROM drive’s motor and internals are in plain view.
The CD-ROM drive’s laser element and the rails upon which it moved to find and read data.