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CD Rom wants to remain in Open position and doesn't read cds

The CD Rom wants to remain in the open position. If I put a disc in it and please close, it looks like it might work then re-opens again. Any suggestions as to what it might be?

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There might be something jamed or lodged in the CD-ROM compartment which would be preventing it to close all the way so it wants to stay open.Hope this helps =)

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