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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Re: cd drive opening and closing on its own
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.
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If the button on the drive won't pop open the drive, then you need to find out what is causing it to stick closed. Most drives have a tiny hole on the door so you can push a paper clip in it to open the door.
Are you asking about ejecting the drive or the CD in the drive? The drive you may or may not be able to eject. Flip over the laptop look for slides or what looks like switches under the CD. Some units may have these releases. You usually slide them to one side or another and the drive can be removed.
If you are asking about the CD, i.e.the laptop wont power up but you still have a CD/DVD in the drive you want. Usually there is a tiny hole on the drive door. It's about the same size as a paperclip diameter. Unbend the paperclip until you have about 1 inch of wire straight out at a 90 degree angle from the clip. Gently slide the wire into the hole on the drive door and give it a gentle push. The door should unlock and come open just a bit allowing you to pull the door all the way open and remove your captured CD. The gears that open and close CD's are plastic and can be stripped very easy so be gentle. Close the CD by slowly pushing the door closed.
There's a little piece of plastic or metal that's connected to a sprin which clicks into place when you close the dvd drive and keeps it closed. Either the spring or the plastics is stuck or broken. They're very easy to replace and used ones don't cost much
try slamming it in. Don't push it all the way in with your finger, just flick your finger and let it lock itself. Many of the laptop CD drives have a "push to open" system so that if you push the drive in, when it clicks - you think it's closed, but it thinks you want to open it. If slamming it into the bay doesn't work, I'd say that the latch on your drive is broken or stuck...
HERE ARE SOME SIMPLE STEPS TO OPEN THE DRIVE.
MAKE SURE THAT SLIDE BUTTON IS AT UNLOCK POSITION
Power down the computer. You won't need power for this and when inserting metal objects into the computer it is a good idea to keep it turned off.
Take your paperclip and straighten it. You probably won't need the whole thing, but straighten most of it.
Look around the front of the drive. There should be a very small hole there (just wide enough for the paperclip). This hole will probably have no markings and seem to serve no purpose.
Push the paperclip into the hole. There is a button inside there that will release the lock on the CD/DVD tray. It's pretty far in there so push lightly until the paperclip won't go any further. You'll see the tray move a little.
Now you'll need to get that tray open. Use something small and flat like a credit card, screwdriver, fingernails, or a dull knife (the type used to spread butter) to pry open the tray until you can get your fingers around it to pull it open.
Pull the tray open. It will give some resistance, but this should not hurt your drive. Get the disc out and close the drive again.
Reboot the computer afterwards to reset the drive. This step may not be necessary, but it's usually a good idea to reboot after manually opening the drive to make sure it resets and is able to be used normally again.
Do you use a mac or p.c.? Ok.... shut down the system and restart If the door still will not open you probably will need to open up your computer and disconnect the power to the drive - gently pry open the drive door and check for obstructions If it is an obstruction it probably had a cd/dvd it it for a really long time and they get hot and spin at very high RPMs and tend to bust the CD/DVD into pieces. and last the drive is getting old - replace it.
Coleman, Sounds like a faulty drive if it opens and closes. Dontel, just because you have a CDrom drive does not mean that you can burn CD's. Is the drive rewriteable? Does it say RW or rewriteable on the door of the CD unit? Also you can click on Start/Mycomputer and see if the CD drive shows RW.