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The DVD caddy is trapped in by 1 screw. It lines up with slimline sata connector and just presses in (plugs in). The battery reset hole is just lined up to a push button on motherboard, nothing connected there. The entire bottom comes off but must pull small cover(near front edge by keyboard off centered) and unplug speaker connector and under DVD edge there are 3 smaller screws which can not be removed with getting the DVD out or at least removing face plate which snaps on but not recommended. End- the one screw pins DVD in. If correct one is removed it should come out.
Hi Mr. Fixit,
Thanks for your reply.
I see you confirm it is just the single screw holding the DVD drive in - like all the others, then. However, as I said, the DVD unit just won't budge. More investigation needed. I'll possibly have to go the whole hog and remove the base but, if as you say, the DVD drive needs to come out before gaining access to the three smaller screws, I'm in a stalemate situation. Thanks for the info re the battery reset hole etc.
So, in the interest of completion, in case there are any others with this model that are wanting to go a similar route - I finally managed to coax the DVD drive out of the very tight housing - but, to clarify, unlike all other models I have seen dissembly videos of, I will clarify that there are definitely NOT three screws under the edge of the DVD casing as previously suggested; there are just a series of plastic lugs instead.
Sorry if that comment wasn't clear: lugs/tabs, call them what you wish, are there instead of the three screws you mentioned would be there to lock down the bottom cover once the DVD is removed.