[QUOTE=midders;2233306]Laptop DVD drives tend to be very specific (something about hardware/BIOS compatibiltiy), so you’ll probably have to replace it with an identical unit; contact the laptop manufacturer for a recommended replacement.
As for physically installing it, that depends on your technical comfort level. If you’re happy to pick up a screwdriver and start dismantling, then keep going until you get access to the drive! Construction varies enormously from model to model, but google can usually turn up a walkthrough for a similar model or just to point in the right direction. If you’re not that confident then take it to a professional.
If you decide to DIY then be v. careful with the delicate ribbon cables and their connectors as damaging them can be expensive.
Thanks for trying to help, but I’ve scourred the net trying to find photos
or instructions, to dismantle for my model, but to no avail. The company
Averatec, was bought out by Trigem, and I’ve tried to get through to them
for help, with no luck! The computer has performed flawlessly for as long,
as I’ve had it except for the cd dvd burner.