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HP DVD WRITER 840b - CD/DVD Tray won't open??!!

I purchased my HP Pavilion a1325a computer in July 2006 and have had no problems with it, but just over a week ago I discovered the CD/DVD Disc Tray won't open??!! (aaarrgghh)

When I press the "Eject" button, it makes a whirring sound and sounds like its trying to push open, but then it fails to do so, and sounds like it pushes itself back into its original starting position.....

I'm picking the actual mechanism that opens the tray is stuck or jammed, or something similar. The tray sounds like its trying to move but the cover just won't open.

I'd apprciate 'ANY' ideas at all, I just don't want the hassle of taking my towercase into the shop and being "out of action", so to speak. >LOL<

Thanks in advance

Liz in New Zealand :o)

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  • Anonymous Apr 03, 2008

    I have the same issue. After manually opening the drive, it work correctly for a little while, then it gets stuck again, and will not open by itself. still looking for an answer.

  • momat88 Apr 07, 2008

    Hi all, well I tried the paperclip thing and nothing happened - so I ended up taking it in to be repaired (as it was still under a 5yr warranty) and they replaced it with an LG Super Multi Drive.



    Thanks for your posts, I hope y'all find solutions from someone in Cyberspace :)



    Ciao for now

  • Tennis4Fun Jul 16, 2008

    Yes I have the same problem too. I have managed to work around it by doing the following: First I have 2 DVD drives--I've found that by clicking start and clicking my computer--I highlight my other DVD drive right click and select eject and click it opens the second drive--I can then highlight the first DVD drive and right click and select eject and it opens the DVD....such that both drives are open but that is okay by me--because it works!



  • dilly98 Nov 28, 2008

    I discovered the CD/DVD Disc Tray won't open
    When I press the "Eject" button, it makes a whirring sound and sounds like its trying to push open, but then it fails to do so, and sounds like it pushes itself back into its original starting position


  • shoo787 Mar 03, 2009

    I have a HPdvd 640v external writer and it wont play either a cd or dvd

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I've had this problem with my HP drive for some time and have to use a paperclip to open it. However, I've just read Solution #4 and this works fine - just leave a CD in the tray all the time and it opens and closes as normal ! Thank you "Guest".

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Problem of tray opening on hp dvd burner. I got the door open as suggested above with paperclip. Then took some CRC 2-26 plastic safe electrical grade lubricant and swabbed the pivoting door mechanism. Opened with the paperclip about 5-6 more times until it finally opens normally.

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I have discovered the answer to this common problem (at least on my LVW-5006), it's to do with the little "turntable" which the disc sits on, it would have been made with a padded "ring" of felt or rubber etc. which was self adhesive and stuck onto the turntable, now if this ring comes unstuck you're just left with the adhesive which the disc and/or the weighted "press" above the disc will stick to (the latter when no disc is present). When you try to open the tray the mech tries to drop the whole laser/turntable assembly away from the disc to allow it out; but it's effectively "glued" to the upper assembly or the disc itself and that's when you hear the eject motor straining and squealing (and probably giving up!). Often a tap on the lid will free it but the best solution would be to replace the ring pad, although I suspect just removing the adhesive would work (I've noticed that cheap CD players don't even have such luxuries in the first place!) Hope this helps

Posted on Nov 29, 2014

I have this problem with 2 different dvd writers, one is an HP and the other is a TSSTcorp. Can't figure out the problem or even find an answer

Posted on Aug 21, 2008

I have this same problem with a HP 640b lightscribe DVD burner, I am searching for a solution but in the meantime have found a temporary solution...The drive works fine once I get it open and disc inserted, so right now I use a paper clip and manually open the drive through the pin hole slot on the front of drive (push paperclip into pin hole and drive will tray will come out as you push clip in, then you can manually pull drive tray out and insert dvd/cd), once a disc is in the tray my burner opens and closes fine, mine has a problem only when the disc tray is empty. The drive burns well even with this glitch. Will post again if I find a real resolution to issue.
Althea88, to lazy to find pswd so guest right now.

Posted on Mar 19, 2008

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Omg i cant believe everyone has the same problem.. lol I have a a867c pavililion with a lightscribe dvd writter and the trait wont open :@ its getting me so pissed! but before it used to open by just turning the pc off and then back on.. now ill have to try the paperclip thingie.. please keep me informed if u find a solution!!

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