Hello all this is my first post here. I have a small problem. I have a gateway MX8530 and I would like to replace the DVD drive. It is a multi-write dive that writes to DL disks at 2.4x. The problem is that all I get is coasters with the DL media and I have tried many brands. I have updated the firmware several times and tried everything to get it to write to the DL media. It’s the Philips SDVD8441 and I’ll just call it JUNK.
I would like to replace the drive with this one:
Here is the view of the current drive I have:
Here is my problem. All the drives I have looked at to replace the Philips have a square face plate. By the picture you can see that the Philips drive has points that extend out on either side of the face plate. If I put the Pioneer drive in there will be an ugly gap on either side of the drive. The drive has a tray and many of the ones I find are slot loading so I donâ€™t think I could swap face plates or if that is even possible. Do you guys have any recommendation on what to do in this situation? Any help would be appreciated. Iâ€™m anal about details like this and could never have those gaps open on my notebook.