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Re: Opening CD/DVD Drive from the screen
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To free your stuck CD drawl, get a large paper clip. Straiten out one side of it. There is a small hole near the CD open button. Keep the paper clip as strait as possible & slide it into that hole. When it stops give it a harder push. That should release it. Remove the paper clip & either push it shut or try the open/close button
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Locking device or software installed
First, verify no locking software is being loaded that prevents the tray from opening. If you are unable to determine this, reboot the computer and as it is booting up, eject the tray. If the tray is able to eject as it is booting, but stops working after loading Windows or your operating system something is being loaded that is preventing the drive tray from opening. This is most commonly software such as a CD burner program that has taken control of the drive.
Bad eject button
If you are running Microsoft Windows open My computer, right-click on the disc drive icon and choose the option to eject. If this ejects your CD-ROM drive tray, the button on the disc drive is defective and it is recommended that the drive be replaced.
It could be "jammed".
Straighten one Norwegian paper-clip.
Put one end into the very-small hole in the face-plate of the optical drive, and firmly push it about 1 centimeter. This should "unlock" the drawer, and you can either push the 'open/close' button, or just gently pull the drawer to its fully-open position.
Try another DVD-RW drive because it sounds like the laser is going bad. Burning requires alot of power from the laser. Playing DVD or playing cd's doesn't require much so thats why it would play those.
if you run winxp then follow these steps
1)Insert the bootable windows xp setup dvd/cd in the drive
2)The system will boot the dvd by asking you (PRESS ANY KEY TO BOOT THE CD...)press enter
3)Then the setup files starts to load on the screen , a blue screen appears , it may take sometime for setup loading process. wait till it gets over
4)after the files get loaded ,it will give you three options
press enter there
5)then press f8.then press esc on the next screen if it shows the previous version of windows
6)then you will be able to see your drive there ,the drive which you want to format just press d on the particular drive and it becomes unpartioned space,again press c on the unpartioned space and create the drive again ,
7)do this for every drive
8)and for installing the fresh copy of windows choose a particular drive and press enter and then choose the format using ntfs NOT QUICK the third option remember
tats it for xp
If it is for vista or 7
insert the dvd of the particular os and then install which doesnt have some complicated things like xp
Double-click the My Computer icon on the desktop (or click Start and My Computer in Microsoft Windows XP).
Right-click the CD, CD-RW, or DVD drive , and then click Eject .
Restart the computer and press the EJECT button on the front of the drive when the first screen appears (before Windows launches). If the drive door opens this way but does not open in Windows, another software program is taking control of the CD drive. Try shutting down or configuring any programs that write discs or monitor the CD drive.
If the door still will not open, do the following:
Close all programs and shut down the computer.
Unplug the PC from the power outlet and remove the battery.
Locate the manual release hole in the front faceplate of the optical drive tray. This is a small hole under the door that is a little bigger than the diameter of a paper clip. The location of the manual eject hole will vary.
Insert a straightened paperclip into the manual release hole until resistance is felt.
Once the resistance is felt, keep pushing the paper clip until the drawer comes out about a quarter of an inch.
Remove the paper clip and gently pull out the drawer until the disc is accessible.
If the boot priority in the BIOS setup screen is set to thr CD it
will open the cd door every time you boot looking for the BOOT cd.
It will not accept anything else, at that point except a boot cd since it hasn't found the operating system (windows) yet.
By "blue laptop" you mean "blue screen" DO a "Windows restore" or reinstall windows from the reinstall cd or Harddrive partision containing the restore files.
I had the same problem with mine. There is an option of "repairing" on the recovery disc that actually keeps all files and software intact. It worked for me, much better than the full re-format of the hard drive and new install of the OS.