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52-32-52 CD Internal Drive Tray Opening And Closing Problems

The CD Rom tray will not open or close properly. When there is no disc in the drive I always have to insert the emergency pin to open the tray. After I load a disc the tray it will not close properly. It seems to try to close, but I have to tap it to close. Often, it closes 1/2 way and stops. Sometimes, it tries to close and then reopens. Sometimes it does nothing. When I finally get the drive closed it plays ok. Can I fix the problem myself?

Myles Harmon (myles260@ispx.com.ph)

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I followed the instructions given me to open up the CD drive. There I found an accumulation of oily dust that had settled on the gear and on the micro switch. I carefully, thoroughly and gently cleaned the parts with a soft brush, alcohol and canned compressed air. I examined the rubber drive band and it did not look badly deformed. I reassembled the case, put it back in the computer and it is working fine for now.

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Hi,

Since the CD drive still reads the disc, then repairing the unit is to your advantage. Repair involves, removing the drive from the desktop and removing the 4 screws underneath. The two halves/covers could now be separated and removed. Under the tray would be a gear mechanism that slides the tray in/out. it is powered by a motor through a small rubber belt. It is likely that the belt has deformed and would require replacement. This belt is similar to those used in audio electronic equipment and therefore would normally be available from your friendly neighborhood electronics parts store.

Hope this be of initial help/idea. Pls post back how things turned up or should you need additional information.

Good luck and kind regards. Thank you for using FixYa.


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