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Hi I had a white foam ring fall out of my DVD drive. I assume it helps turn the DVDs. DO you know how I would put it back in?

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It is the ring that comes in a new CD or DVD spindle. It was stuck to a disc that you put in the player and you didn't notice it.
I would guess that either the drive made a horrible noise when you tried to access the disc or it would fail to read or burn as the disc was off balance.
Throw it away and look at the first disc from a new spindle before you put it in. It happens to everyone once or twice. It can damage the drive though so if it didn't kill it feel fortunate and use caution in the future,


Posted on Dec 27, 2008

  • rockinrose13 May 22, 2012

    We are having this problem. How do we get the ring out? This is a pc on the floor.

  • Shayne Schecht May 25, 2012

    If you can still open the drive, see if you can reach it with a long set of tweezers. If you can open the drive but can't get the ring out, leave the drive open and carefully remove it from the computer and gently try to shake the ring out. If it still does not come out, it is jammed in there pretty good and you may need to replace the drive.



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I just posted a reply to another message that is almost the same. Could be you. It is the foam pad ring from a new CD or DVD spindle that was stuck on a disc that you put in and missed it. It does not go back in the drive. It goes in the trash.
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