CF-31 Mk3- Bad Optical Drive Bay

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  1. 808_guy

    808_guy Notebook Guru

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    CF-31SBLEA1M

    Issue: Optical drive bay does not work. I’ve tried two known working Toughbook optical drives and neither show any sign of receiving power nor are they detected in BIOS.

    I couldnt find a schematic or advanced manual for the 31 series. Is the optical drive connector part of the motherboard or is it a replaceable component?
     
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    it is replaceable
     
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    Thank you! Is this a part obtainable on the open market or would this be something I need to get from a service center?
     
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    Where are you located? USA?

    I have that part.
     
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    I’m in the US. Definitely interested if you have one you’d like to part with.
     
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    pm started
     
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    Update. Thanks to Shawn, I received a replacement connector. Unfortunately, it did not help and there is still no drive detected.

    I guess at this point, I'm looking to part this out. I'll part it down to the frame for folks on here that are interested.
     
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    Why not just grab a USB optical drive?
     
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    I already have a Mk4 that’s my daily use Toughbook. I have no need for another one that just sits on the shelf.
     
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