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How to get the drive to open?

Need help MEMOREX CDRW DRIVE MODEL 40EMAX. drive light goes on when button pushed buit door doesnt open.

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  • verybusygirl Jan 01, 2009

    yes, i have the same problem , been that way for long time now. but would like to get this fixed.

    the cd drive button will not open the drive door. it starts to load. like it's going to but doesnt' i have tried the paper clip thing. i have tried hitting the top of the tower when i push it. but can't get it open. i have tried forcing it but not breaking it . so can anyone help me. or do i need a new drive



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I have a Memorex 52x CD burner. It bought it new and had no problems until about a year after I purchased it. Then suddenly, for no obvious reason, the drive would not open. The light flashed and I could hear the gears trying to open, but it would not consistently open. If I repeatedly pushed the button, eventually it would open.

What I finally discovered is that as long as I keep a disc in the drive, it will open and close with no problems. Now I keep a blank CD in the drive at all times, and so far the problem has stopped. I suggest keeping a blank CD in the drive so you don't lose a "real" CD forever (or have to destroy the burner to get it out). I don't know if this will work for everyone.

I DO NOT suggest inserting a credit card as another poster suggested. I tried this and it DOES NOT work. Plus you risk breaking the drive and destroying your credit card all at the same time (thereby delaying the purchase of a new one). Besides, credit card simply doesn't fit into the very small space around the tray door.

Based on other people's comments and the problems I've experienced, I'd suggest that people avoid buying Memorex products altogether. I bought this drive because my old one died and I was looking for a cheap burner to hold me over until I could afford to replace my computer. I may have saved a little money, but in the end I got what I paid for. My sympathies to anyone who's also experienced this problem.

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Try inserting a credit card or similar just above/below the door flap, then press the button.

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