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Cd drive opening and closing on its own

The cd drive keeps opening and closing on its own - first it wouln't open i pried it open and then it wouldn't close everytime we closed it manually it would reopen - now it's opening and closing on its own

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  • highpraise47 Jan 03, 2009

    that's what i meant when i said pried it open...after searching for solutions, i think i pushed too hard into the pin-hole. is that fixable

  • Anonymous Mar 02, 2009

    I have a HP pavilion and i just turned it on today and the dvd/cd drive keeps on opening and closing for no reason but it only opens part way?


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You never should have pried it open. Only use the manual eject pin-hole with a paperclip. Noe it seems the drive tray is damaged and will not close properly so it is constantly opening and closing trying to find home. The drive will need replaced.

Posted on Jan 03, 2009

  • Curtis Richner Jan 03, 2009

    It is unlikely it can be fixed without having the drive replaced, however it sounds like it had already been broken prior to you manually ejecting the tray. The optical drive is easily removed on your system (see here). A new drive from Dell is $110. You may also check Ebay for a used or refurb. unit.


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