Nice site. Have a Satellite A15-S127. Very nice to find disassembly instructions as I have had a very balky CDR/DVD drive for a long time now. Many times will not read a CD/DVD, but will if I open drive and reorient the disc. Have to do this multiple times sometimes.
My question is: Will this machine take a DVD-R drive? Any recommendations?
I think your CD/DVD drive is going bad and should be replaced. There are two different multifunction drives (DVD+/-RW) listed for Toshiba Satellite A15. Here are part numbers: P000384990 and P000422740. I tried to google for it and found it on sale for $360. Man, that’s a lot! I can buy a used laptop for as much. When I tried to search on ebay for “A15 DVD” I found what you are looking for: New 8X DVD+/-RW burner for Toshiba Satellite A10/A15/A40/A45/A55. The description says that it is compatible with Toshiba Satellite A15-S127 and the price was much better: $95+$15 for shipping. I think that is a great price for a new laptop burner. Here are some tips for buying a new notebook DVD drive.