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TOSHIBA DVD ROM SD - R1102 cd drive opens upon pressing the eject button on the front of the drive, the drive opens, but then immediately shuts itself again, withuot giving me time to put a CD in it
If there is a problem with the eject mechanism on the drive,
ie some dirt/damage, it may be ejecting up to the point where the dirt
blocks the eject. The motor senses this, and then retracts the tray, to prevent damage to it.
Also, you may want to do a manual eject on the drive - get a paperclip, straighten it out, and check the front of the drive for a tiny hole - approx 1mm. With the system power off, push the straightened paperclip in through this, and you should feel some resistance, but if you carefully push against this, the drawer should manually eject. Once it starts to eject, you can carefully pull the tray out with your hand, and remove the CD. Just power on the unit again, and the tray should retract from wherever it was.
To test the drive further, go to your BIOS screen (normally F1 or DEL or poss f10 on boot) - don't change any settings here - then try ejecting the drive. If it ejects cleanly, I'd suspect software. If not, as the OS hasn't loaded yet, this will rule out spyware/viruses etc - it'll make it a hardware issue.
If you're handy with a screwdriver, you may be able to remove the drive, take the covers off, and check the gears inside. Warning - this can be fatal to the drive, so be careful, but you might just see the crud inside that's stopping it working.
Posted on Jan 04, 2008
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