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DVD Drive door will not open

DVD drive door won't open, lights light up but it won't open even with button.

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Re: DVD Drive door will not open

Unfold a paperclip and push it into the tiny hole, it will open up.
It may be wearing out..I see a lot of older ones do this.

Posted on Jan 15, 2008

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My disc is not playing nor can I eject it is there some way I can do this I have a Lenovo Think Centre M90z

The drive can be easily removed once removed you can then use the paper clip from the back and push the tray open

Jan 05, 2015 | Lenovo ThinkCentre PC Desktops

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Gateway dx4200 09 dvd drive will not eject?

Unable To Eject DVD From DVD-ROM Drive With The Eject
The DVD-ROM drive will not open to release the DVD when the button is pushed on the drive. RESOLUTION:
  1. Shut down the program that you are installing or running that uses the DVD-ROM drive.
  2. Wait 10 to 15 seconds, and then open the DVD-ROM drive by pushing the eject button on the DVD-ROM drive.
  3. If the DVD-ROM drive door still does not open, do the following:
    • Insert a paper clip or small pointed object into the small hole near the button on the DVD-ROM door.
      Gently push in the paper clip until the DVD-ROM door opens.
    • Remove the CD from the drive.
To prevent the DVD-ROM drive from exhibiting this behavior again, follow these steps:
  1. From the Start menu, point to Settings, and then click Control Panel.
  2. In Control Panel, double-click the System icon.
  3. In the System Properties dialog box, click the Device Manager tab.
  4. On the Device Manager tab, double-click the CD-ROM category.
  5. Double-click Toshiba DVD-ROM.
  6. In the Toshiba DVD-ROM Properties dialog box, click the Settings tab.
  7. On the Settings tab, clear the Auto insertion notification check box, and then click OK.
  8. Click Close.

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Dell cd drive door won't open

CD/DVD Drive Tray problems
There are two ways to open the CD/DVD drive door if the button just below the drive tray does not work.
Go to My Computer and right click on the drive and click on Eject.
If this does not work then you can manually open the CD/DVD drive tray by -
Straighten a paper clip and gently insert it into a tiny hole below the drive tray next to the Eject button. Push the paper clip gently until the drive tray pops out, then pull the tray until it is fully out, then you can remove the CD/DVD disc.
If you still having problem opening with the Eject button, then the CD/DVD drive is faulty and needs replacing.

Feb 22, 2013 | Dell Studio XPS 8000 (DXCWKW12) PC Desktop

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Disc drive won't open

CD/DVD drive?

Some have a tiny hole, right under the tray that comes out. Use a paperclip in the hole to manually open the tray.

(Some desktop computer towers have a door in front, that needs to be eased open first, then access to the actual CD/DVD drive unit can be obtained)


Jun 02, 2012 | Dell PC Desktops

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Just below the CD/DVD tray there is a tiny hole. Insert a straighten paper clip in this hole and gently push the paper clip until the CD/DVD tray pops out. You can now pull the tray out until it is in the fully opened position to remove the disc.
Try pushing the eject button to see if the tray closes, then push the eject button to see if the tray opens.
If this foes not work then the CD/DVD drive is faulty and it needs to be replaced.

Mar 06, 2012 | Dell PC Desktops

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Were do I purchase a new opticle drive door and linkage for this desk top. This pc has two 5.25 bays , the top one has a door that opens and closes as you insert a disk. And the second bay came with a...

What type of assembly do you have for your 2nd Optical. Is it so close together with the top one it won't open? Replacing a door and linkage is very tricky. What would happen if you put the new one on top and the other below it. Should that not work, you may have damaged your new drive. It sucks and I've done it before. Some of those 5.25's are really tight. Let me know if your 2nd drive still works.

May 02, 2011 | Acer AM3910-U4012 Desktop Computer

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The cd door wont open--I have shut down & restarted several times--no luck

There is a small hole in the front door usually near the eject button you can push a paperclip wire into for manual release of the door. you might also try Windows first - go to My Computer, right click on the CDrom drive icon and in the submenu that comes up click eject. If Windows eject doesnt work but you get a power light on the drive at boot you might have a bad drive (belt on some older ones falls off for the tray to move, or might be electrically pooped out). You don't get a light on boot then your power plug may be loose on the drive.

If all fails and you only want the CD in the drive you can remove the drive and take the cover off and manually extract the disk inside. I wouldnt even bother reassembling if it's that bad - just buy a new drive (they are ultra cheap and all the new ones are fully loaded DVD and CD burners now) and install it in place of the bad drive.

Jun 13, 2010 | Dell Dimension 3000 PC Desktop

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Cd dvd door wont open.i push the button to put in cd and nothing happens.i do see a little cd on screen ,then it goes away.

On the front of most CD or DVD drives there is a small pin hole that you can use to open the drive if it gets stuck. Grab yourself a strong paper clip, straighten one end, insert the straight bit into the hole and push firmly once you feel some resistance.
This will partly open the drive tray to either allow you to remove a cd or insert a new cd or dvd.
Question, Is there a light lit on the front of the drive when you are:
a. trying to eject (instead of using the front button on the drive try using the "Right Click and then Eject" option when selecting the dvd drive in My Computer), If not the drive may be stuffed (broken) or perhaps the 4 pin power connection lead at the rear of the dvd drive has fallen out.
b. is the drive tray sticky when opening or closing? (get a new drive...very easy and very cheap to buy and replace)
Good luck,
Steve (Melbourne,Australia)

May 14, 2010 | E-Machines eMachines Desktop PC

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DVD Drive door will not always open. No obstructions. DVD Drive light flashes, but door will not open. Is ther some software conflict?

The door drive motor may be frozen.
  1. Shut down the computer and unplug it.
  2. Open the computer casing to access the DVD drive from inside.
  3. Disconnect the cable on the DVD drive leaving only the power supply connected to it.
  4. Turn on the computer.
  5. Push the OPEN/CLOSE button on the DVD drive. If it does not open, the drive is broken or the door drive motor is defective. If it opens, push the button repeatedly to open and close the door repeatedly to release any frozen part.
  6. If the door does not stuck anymore, shut down the computer.
  7. Reconnect the cable and turn on the computer.

Oct 30, 2009 | Sony PC Desktops

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