The laptop burned a disc, then ejected as usual. Another disc was place in the tray, inserted as normal but this time a cd was unable to be burned because the laptop did not recognize the disc or any other disc. The cd/dvd drives had to be opened manually.
Re: The laptop burned a disc, then ejected as usual....
The automatic ejection takes place when the burn process has completed successfully. Have your tried another writable CD or DVD? If your laptop is not recognizing any more writable CDs/DVDs, then the problem might be a failed CD/DVD drive. Otherwise, it is probably a bad CD or DVD.
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CD-ROM, DVD, or other disc tray not opening
Locking device or software installed
First, verify no locking software installed that prevents the tray from opening. If you are unsure, reboot the computer and as it is booting up, eject the tray. If the tray can eject as it is booting, but stops working after loading your operating system, something is being loaded that is preventing the drive tray from opening. Programs used to burn CDs are a common culprit.
Bad eject button
If you are running Microsoft Windows, open My computer, right-click 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.
No power to computer or disc drive
If you have recently installed a new optical drive or you have moved the computer, the power cable to the CD-ROM may have become loose or disconnected. Reseat the power cable to make sure this is not the problem.
CD stuck within drive
If you suspect that a CD may be stuck within the drive, the tray needs to be ejected manually. Look for the small manual eject hole that ( not the head phone jack) located on the front of the drive. Unwind a paper clip and place one end of the paper clip into the hole to eject the CD-ROM tray.
If CD-ROM tray opens part of the way, pull it gently to see if you can get it to open fully. If it cannot be opened any further, it is likely that the gears within the CD-ROM drive have become damaged or dislodged. But usually, a stuck CD is blocking the way.
Caution: If you are able to open the CD-ROM drive using a paper clip, we do not recommend continuing to do so. This is meant to be used as a temporary solution; the drive should be replaced.
What to do if CD or DVD stuck in drive?
Note: This document is for disc drives with a disc in the drive that prevents the tray from opening. See our CD-ROM, DVD, or other disc tray not opening document, if the tray is not opening at all or doesn't seem to be getting power.
If the CD or DVD is not set into the disc tray correctly, it could be sticking up above the surface of the tray, causing it to get stuck with then tray tries to open. In this case, it may be possible gently shake the computer and move the CD or DVD into the correct place in the tray, allowing the drive to open. However, use caution when doing this, as you do not want to shake the computer too much, or you could damage other components.
If this is a desktop computer, you can prevent damage to the computer by opening the computer and removing the disc drive in order to shake or rotate the drive. When the drive is out of the computer, you can manually release the tray by inserting a paperclip into the manual eject hole.
In the case of a laptop computer or a slot load disc drive, since the CD or DVD does not sit in a tray, it cannot be shaken in order to adjust the disc. If the disc is visible you may be able to move the disc a bit by hand, enough to allow the drive to eject the disc. Again, be careful in doing so, as you could damage the disc or drive in the process.
If you're still unable to get the disc out of the drive after following the above steps, it may be a damaged drive and should be replaced. If the disc in the drive is an important disc and you believe the drive is bad, the drive can be disassembled in order to remove the disc. In the case of a laptop or computer with a slot load disc drive, the computer needs to be serviced in order for the drive the be replaced and the disc to be removed.
Usually the DVD drive or the CD drive has a very small button on the front side of the Drive, if you see a button press it, the tray will come out and you will be able to put the cd on the tray and than press that button again it will take the cd in and will play for you.
However if you feel that difficult, try doing this,
simply go to MY COMPUTER, there you can see your dvd-drive or cd-drive, you can right click on the drive and click on "eject" it will eject the tray just like a normal dvd or cd player and you can insert the disc to play.
if there is anything else i can help you with please let me know.
CD Stuck in Device First try the normal methods to remove the disc. Drag its icon to the Trash can in the Dock or select 'Eject' from the File menu. If you are running a virtual machine, e.g. VMFusion, ensure that the CD is disconnected from the virtual machine. This will sometimes allow the CD to now show up in Mac OS X. Shut down the computer and start up whilst holding down the mouse button. This may take some time, but keep your finger on the mouse button right up until the disc comes out or the log-in screen has appeared. If you have Toast Titanium installed on your computer, choose EJECT DISC from the menubar. Sometimes you can successfully use the eject disc button in iTunes even if the disc is not visible to the Finder Open Disk Utility and choose the disc you wish to eject in the left-hand pane, then click on the Eject button. Some Macintoshes have a paperclip hole that you can insert a straightened paperclip into, manually triggering the eject mechanism. Open Terminal and type "drutil tray eject" to eject the disc/tray, and "drutil tray close" to close the tray. Restart the computer while holding down Command-Option-O-F, to enter the Open Firmware prompt. Type "eject cd" without the quotes, and press return. The disk ought to eject. To start into OS X, type "mac-boot" without the quotes. Press return, and the computer will continue with the startup. (This will not work on an Intel Mac. There is no Open Firmware on Intel Macs. ) If your computer has an eject button on the keyboard, restart the computer holding down the Option key. When the startup disk selection screen appears, let go of the option key and press the keyboard's eject button.
Use my computer and select the drive (eg drive E:). From pull down menu "File" select "eject". While the disk door attempts to open (hear slight movement of tray) massage the door with your fingers. This is done by smoothing out the across front door panel with your finger tips and pushing in and releasing pressure from door. Door should slide open partially and close again. Repeat. The eject button nearside the disc tray doesn't seem to work as well as selecting "File" and "Eject" from the menu. Something to do with the door cycle is less with the direct eject button.
There should be a tiny little hole on the front of the CD drive, next to where you would usually press the button to eject it. Turn the laptop off (or at least wait until the CD stops spinning) and insert a straight paper clip into the hole. You will have to insert it perfectly straight and apply a little pressure. Doing this should manually pop the CD tray open.
Inspect the tray or door to see if there is a very small hole in it.
If so, this is an 'emergency' ejection hole and a standard paper clip, unfolded, can be inserted there to manually eject the tray.
This is a real common problem caused by the slippage of a clutch mechanism that is supposed to protect the tray mechanics from being damaged if the tray is somehow impeded during its travel.
It must be tougher than rocket science to properly design this feature -
*Tangent* After scouring the web looking for a solution to this
problem, and I bet you this must be the case and problem for many an
optical drive owner, regardless of brand or function (CD-ROM, DVD ROM,
CD Writer, DVD Writer, Combo CD Writer / DVD ROM) but after busting my
head trying to find the solution, some clever thinking solved the
problem, where published articles on the web did not:
LG DVD Writer (HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GSA-4163B) no longer recognizes discs and no longer burns DVDs or CDs
you have a DVD burner that, for the longest time, properly burnt discs
and aided you in archiving absolutely everything that has ever been
important in your life, and now, all of a sudden on a whim, the drive
no longer recognizes discs (when placing a disc with data on the tray
and closing it, Windows Explorer changes the label of the drive from a
DVD-RAM Drive to a CD Drive and any efforts to view the contents of the
disc produce the mocking-error message "Please insert a disc into drive
X:" Furthermore, in Nero Xpress, Nero Burning Rom or Nero SmartStart,
the screen inviting you to set burn speed, set a disc volume label,
toggle MultiSession Disc or toggle Finalize Disc has a nice bright lit
illuminated "Burn" label button inviting you to proceed, but any
attempts to place a blank CD-R / DVD-R, DVD+R, DVD+R DL, whatever, into
the disc tray and closing it fades out the "Burn" button and never
illuminates it again unless the disc in the drive is ejected. This, of
course, is irregardless of the disc access light blinking its friendly
green accessing-goodness-message and coming to a stop as if everything
was peachy upon first closing the disc tray.)
*Tangent* The few
times this had occurred to me in the past (with completely different
computers and computer configurations save the same DVD Burner drive) I
would often start disabling and enabling drives in Windows Device
Manager, and if that didn't work, deleting drive drivers in Windows
Device Manager followed by rebooting and auto-reinstalling, and if that
didn't work, disabling drives in the system's BIOS, and if that didn't
work, fiddling with the power supply power leads and IDE interface
ribbon cables and jumper settings (from master to slave to cable
select) until finally the damn thing would kick in and start operating
again. This time around though, nothing was working out. It had been
two days of fiddling and the damn drive would not come back to me. I
had even undone all the bindings of my drives in my PC case and tried
the unit in other machines with the same result, and also tried it in a
true MS-DOS environment using a CD ROM driver and MSCDEX with the same
result. What this indicated to me was that, contrary to what many of
the articles say online, that the problem is not software based like
many would lead you to believe, but rather hardware based.
read so many suggestions and not one of them sounded reasonable,
considering that the drive had given me years and volumes of successful
burns prior and I had already miraculously brought it back to life
before: I was suggested everything from flashing the drive's CMOS to
deleting lines in the system registry (regedit) to deleting and
installing new ATAPI drivers to installing VERY suspect and dodgy
executables that would miraculously fix things, to using different burn
programs, to changing IDE Interface Ribbon Cables to changing entire
power supplies, and my most hated suggestion of all, "the drive must be
broken, but drive's are cheap these days anyway, just buy a new one."
FOOLS! After careful elimination of possible causes, I ruled out
anything that was software, operating system, or BIOS-slash-motherboard
based. Sadly, unlike my pop, I know next to nothing about electronics,
so my last hope was that it was a mechanical problem. Since the drive
not being able to access standard discs with data on it was a clear
indication of the problem, I booted in a MS-DOS environment using a
Windows 98 Boot Disk, complete with CD-ROM support (these little f'ers
are trusty when you get into trouble.) I called up the drive letter for
my quote-unquote defective DVD Writer, placed the data disc in the
drive, closed the tray, ran a simple DIR command and waited for the
"device not ready" message. Once that came up (as expected), I ejected
the disc tray, walked to my Grand Mother's sewing room, got a good ol
sewing pin (no doubt created before the concept of home computers were
even fathomable) closed the disc tray once again, ran the DIR command
again, but this time, while the disc was trying to be accessed, I
pushed the pin into the little emergency tray release hole, forcing the
tray to eject just enough to grab onto with my fingernails. I then
simply pressed the standard electronic disc eject button again,
invoking a close of the tray, and low and behold, the directory
contents of the disc came up. I didn't even have to run additional
tests, I knew right then and there that the problem was a mechanical
one with the closing of the drive (perhaps the gears were no longer
coming into the proper position to place the motor hub onto the hole of
the disc or the laser eye became stuck in a position that did not
favour starting on the first track of the disc...who knows) Bottom line
is, the thing now works as it always did, as intended.
QUICK SET OF STEPS TO REPRODUCE: Pre-Requisits:
Authentically pressed data disc that you do not care if it gets damaged
(like an old outdated driver disc, AOL access disc, etc.) and a pin
long and thin enough to get significant travel into the emergency
release eject hole located below the disc tray (safety pins are a good
choice, while thumbtacks and nails are not.) 1 - Boot PC with no disc in the troublesome drive 2 - Within operating system environment, open disc tray, place useless data disc on tray BUT DO NOT CLOSE TRAY 3
- Access a read function of the troublesome drive (in MS-DOS, navigate
to the drive letter assigned, close tray with disc and type DIR
or in Windows, double click My Computer, double click the troublesome
drive's letter until the "please insert disc into drive X:" message
comes up, and then close the tray with the disc 4 - While the disc
is attempting to be accessed, in a straight manner and with pressure,
push the pin into the emergency tray release eject hole until the tray
pushes out physically 5 - Close the tray by means of the standard electronic eject button on the drive