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If the button does not work you will see a small hole on the face of the drive straighten out a paper clip and insert into hole and gently push till it opens

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How do I insert CD in computer? It doesn"t seem to have an open slot.

If there is no "Open" button for the drive then normally they are opened by pushing on the DVD/CD tray itself momentarily. It only needs a short positive push and the drive tray should slide out.

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How do I get my finished and finalized disk to play on my computer

Make sure your disk is recorded in a format supported by your computer's optical drive. If the optical drive is the original one in your computer, you may be able to get this information from the user's manual. You can often get the model number of the drive from the system information listing.
->Mac OS X: Go to Apple menu, select "About This Mac" and click "More Info..." to open System Profiler. Click on ATA or Serial ATA to get information on connected drives. Look for CD or DVD devices.)
->Windows: Open Control Panels, open System Control Panel, click on the Device Manager or Hardware tab, then click on the ATA or Serial ATA listing.

Once you have the make and model of the optical drive(s), do a web search for those along with the term "specifications." You may discover, for example, that your optical drive cannot read DVD-R/W. All is not lost in such a case - you can get a USB external optical drive, or an upgraded internal optical drive for $30 - $120.

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Can not open cd drive wont ejct

Get a large paperclip and poke it into the tiny hole to the left of the eject button. Keep pushing until it "connects" and it will open.

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OK add one. All you do is take the old one out and put the new one in after you open the case and unplug the power cord. There might even be an open slot under or above the one that is already in the computer so just push the plastic covering that faces the front of the computer out so the new optical drive can go in it's place. By optical drive you are talking about a DvD or CD player, right?

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CD stuck in Asus desktop optical drive

On the CDrom drive, there is a small hole near the button to open the drive. Insert the tip of a straightened paper clip into the hole and press gently. The drive should open to allow you to remove the disk that is stuck.

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How can I remove the barrier to install a second optical drive

Two things have to be done in order to add a second optical drive.
1. Open case, remove front cover of case.
2. Remove blank from lower optical drive from front of case - remove blank (chassis part) from optical drive space.

The black insert that can be seen, removes from back on this model.
The 'steel' part on the chassis should pop out fairly easily.

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My emachine cd drive stopped working an i was wondering can it be fixed

1) Computer on open the CD drive tray. Turn the computer off leaving the tray open. Unplug the computer from power.

Use a can of compressed air for computers, and clean the drive out.\
Break the plastic lock tab off of the nozzle, of the can of air, attach the plastic straw to the nozzle.
Aim in a slightly downward fashion as you spray air into the optical drive. (CD drive)

You are trying to clean, dust, dirt, etc. out of the inside of the drive, but are mostly trying to clean the laser optical eye, located towards the bottom of the optical drive.

Allow a few minutes for any propellant that came out to dry, then plug the computer back into power.
The CD drive tray will shut automatically.

CD drive tray will not open, and there is no blinking light on the front of the drive?
Trash can it, buy a new one.

An optical drive is a mechanical device. It's 'Life-span' is rated in hours of usage.
A drive that does not respond with a blinking light is beyond it's Life Cycle.

Buying an optical drive is Much cheaper online, than buying from a large chain store locally, IMHO.

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Help my dvd drive is stuck and wont open

Desktop or Laptop computer wasn't stated.

With most desktop computer optical drive's there is a tiny hole located right under the optical drive tray.
(The tray the disk is inserted in)
A paper clip is straightened out, then inserted into the hole.
This is a manual override, and will open the tray.

There are some desktop computer optical drives, that the computer case has a door that flips down, then the optical drive tray comes out.
The door must be eased down far enough to see if the optical drive has the small hole.

With a laptop computer the optical drive is removed from the laptop.

Generally there is one small Philips head screw that is removed from the bottom side of the laptop, then the optical drive tray is opened with the paper clip, and the optical drive is then removed by using the tray as a handle.
The optical drive is then pulled straight out.

Once out the top cover is removed for access to the disk.

If this information is not what you seek, or you would like it explained, please post in a Comment, and we'll work together on finding a solution.


Apr 21, 2011 | HP Compaq Computer Speakers

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How do I remove a cd-rom from a hp dv5

1) Work on a table.

2) Remove ALL power to the laptop. AC adapter (Charger) and Battery.

3) Turn the laptop over Front facing you. There is one single Philips head screw to remove.
It's on the bottom of the laptop towards the Front, and is just past the Microphone, and Headphone jacks.

4) Screw removed use a paper clip to open the optical drive tray.
The paper clip is straightened out, then a third of it is bent into a handle to hang onto.

Looking at the optical drive with the laptop upside down, there is a small hole to the Left, on the optical drive tray. Insert the paper clip tool you just made into the hole.
This is a manual release to open the optical drive tray.

Hold onto the optical drive tray with your fingers, pull the optical drive out.

If you are going to replace the optical drive, be sure to remove the optical drive bracket from the back of the optical drive. (Two Philips screws) Install the bracket on the new optical drive.


Nov 15, 2010 | Computers & Internet

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How to eject a cd

If the button on the optical disk drive no longer work, then you can attempt to open the drive two different ways. You can open "Computer" by pressing the "Windows Key + E" or just opening it from the start menu. Right click your optical drive and then select, "Eject...".
If that doesn't work, take a paper clip and unfurl one end. Then, on the optical drive cover, look for a tiny hole, just big enough for the paper clip end to fit into. Press the paper clip into the hole until it pops out. I hope this help.

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