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HP Pavilion a1540n drawer won't open - HP Pavilion a1540n PC Desktop

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  • knorum2001 Jul 19, 2009

    Thank you

  • coupondeal
    coupondeal May 11, 2010

    What drawer? Are you talking about the DVD draw?

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If you are talking about the CD bay take a paperclip and bend it straight; take the paperclip and poke it into the hole you find on the drive - if you push that button in it will force the tray open. If the tray doesn't open with power I would go ahead and open the case and make sure that it has power. You may need a new drive - i'm just fixing your immediate problem of getting the thing open (in case you have a cd you need out of it)

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I tried the paperclip. I tried unscrewing the unit to remove it. I tried opening it from properties. The paperclip did nothing. I unscrewed the two screws on each side of the unit. It was too big to slide out the front and the power supply would have had to be removed to slide it out the back. So here's what I did. I got out my 1/4 inch power drill and fit it with a 5/64" bit. Then I made a shallow hole dead center of the tray. Next I screwed a sheet rock screw into the guide hole I had drilled in the tray and tightened it just enough to get a firm bite. Now I had some leverage where I could apply a little force to tugging on the tray. However it wouldn't budge. Next I tried tugging on the screw while I pressed the open button and it slid open like nothing had ever happened and now it works like new. Next time I have a problem with that machine, I'll take a radial saw to it.

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