I've seen and come across cd-roms where cd's have broken (or in most cases exploded/shattered). In one case the drive flew open and bits of cd flew across a classroom, in most cases the drive remains shut (even the tray can get jammed).
This problem is usually caused by a flaw on the cd itself, a scratch or mark on the cd causes it to 'wobble' and due to the speeds cd-roms spin cd's they come off the 'spindle' inside (all that holds it on is a magnet).
I have taken cd-roms apart and removed all the cd parts and the drive has worked perfectly afterwards. Other times the drive has needed to be replaced, so i would say its purely luck if your drive isn't damaged in some way.
Although the problem could have been your drive. Without being able to get the drive ejecting and spinning cd's again you'll never know... just make sure you don't use an important cd to test it with!
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Maintenance might be the issue. Open you cd rom Drive. Take a piece of cotton wool or microfiber cloth. Make it damp with vinegar and wipe the small glass eye you see in your cd rom drive. Please be as gentle as possible because that small eye is sensitive. Then try playing your discs
IS IT ON?...DOES CDROM HAVE POWER GETTING TO IT FROM PC? Next to open/close switch there is a small pin-hole. Push a paperclip into this hole and gently pull out tray...try gently pushing tray back in and watch for a blinking green light;if none either the cdrom is not getting power, or it has quit working
Look on the front of your cd-rom, there should be a small hole somewhere just under the tray portion. Turn off your machine (to avoid possible short-circuit issues) and use a thin piece of wire (ie: a straightened paper clip) and insert it into this hole. Push it gently, you will be able to feel the unit unlocking itself and the tray will open slightly. Now you can use your fingers to pull the tray open. Be gentle when opening, you don't want to mess up the gearing.
Hi Thanks for using FixYa. It is due to the short drive. In the front of the CD-ROM, there is a small pinhole. Put a straighten paper clip in that hole, this should pop the tray open. You may also try a small screw driver when pressing eject button, use it above the ejecting tray and it will eject the CD. This problem occurs when the ejection tray was tried to be opened in the ways other than it was designed for. Once you get the tray open and have salvaged your CD, close it and check in Device Manager for yellow exclamation points by the CD-ROM listing. Somebody may have deleted the driver Also, check in the bios to see if it's listed. Its probably either loose or maybe broken. Please replace it.
Generally something that is time related with a CD player indicates that there is something stuck in one of the gear teeth that drive the laser back and forth to play different areas of the disc. A very small piece of dirt/sand can get inside and stuck in a gear tooth preventing the laser from moving past that point on the CD, you can advance the laser unit a bit more quickly than if you were to let the disc play through, that might dislodge the piece. Another scenario could be a cracked gear in the same drive area. There is a piece that is attached to the laser which has gear teeth in it that mesh with the gears that move it. Make sure you do not have the player plugged in when you open it; the laser is capable of damaging your eyes.
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Best guess is that a small plastic catch broke. My cousin has similar doors on his CD trays. I personally would take the doors off. As far as repair, again best guess without seeing it, is that you'll need a new door panel.
Push it in. Try open it, if it opens. Try close it.
(It may be that it's on a security stop for the parts of the cd, they may be inside. If your unsure, take it out and shake it gentally, if there is rattles, buy a new one or bring it to a local computer shop.)
This has happened to me. Sometimes when I'm in a hurry I'll place a CD or DVD in the tray and start to close it without making sure that the disk is seated flat in the tray. If it's ****-eyed the CD wil shatter when the tray is closed. The only way to remove the pieces inside the CD drive is to take apart the CD drive. Might be easier just to replace the unit. They run from about $25.00 to $75.00. One other note: You can try to open the tray manually by inserting the end of a paper clip into a small hole on the front bezel of the drive.