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My DVD Drawer will not open on my Gateway Laptop

The drawer will not open when I push the button for it to open.

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    My Drawer will not open on my Gateway Ar-230 DVD recorder.

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    Drawer will not open



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My dvd drawer will not open on my
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SOURCE: DVD drawer does not open when you push button to open DVD drawer

The most likely cause is damage, which should be seen with the eye. It could be a belt, broken cogs/teeth in the sledge mechansim, or a micro leaf switch bent out of place.

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