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CD DRIVE The problem with my CD drive is that I can only open it by using a pin, the green active light is on all the time and if I look in explorer it tells me that the C drive and the Floppy drive are present but no CD drive. If I put a cd into the drive it does nothing and I have to use a pin to open the drive. Any ideas Thanks

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I've serviced these units and the cdroms drives were always a problem. The problem on the cdrom is that the actuator switch in the drive itself doesn't allow the drive to spin up all the way to read the disk. The common way to diagnose this problem is push the cdrom drive in and hold it in with a cd is the drive, if it spins up, and works while you are pushing it in, it's the actuator. the fix for this problem is to replace the cdrom drive.

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What you can do is you can go to computer, right click>properties>hardware>device manager, then look for removeable drives and there select the drive that is not working or malfunctioning right click on that and the uninstall and then restart the system and your problem will be resolved apurv jaitly

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Could be a faulty drive, but check first that it's not a driver fault. Go to my computer, right click>properties>hardware>device manager. Look down the list for your cd/dvd drive, right click and delete. Restart pc and let windows find it again nd see if the fault is corrected. If not it could be a drive or ide cable fault.

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The CD/DVD drive may be opened by pressing a button on the drive itself. If the drive does not open by pressing a button on the drive itself, or the button is not available on the drive, Windows natively provides the ability to eject the tray with simple methods that can be performed in the File Explorer. The steps vary from different operating systems:
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    • To verify that, you can check the left and right side of your machine. See if there is any slot to insert your CD/DVD. Normally, there is a button to eject the CD or DVD tray for you to insert a disc
    • Another method to identify this is as below:
      1. Click Start and type Device Manager in the search box. Select Device Manager
      2. In Device Manager look for DVD/CD -ROM Drives

      If you don"t see DVD/CD -ROM Drives this means your device has no optical drive hardware. An external optical drive will need to be purchased to run CD/DVD. It is also wise to check your product specification to see if your device has an optical drive.
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Click start control panel administration tools computer management device manager scroll down cd-dvd rom drives you might see a yellow question /exclamation mark ? ! or a red X right click to update driver

you might have to physically unplug the leads for this cd/dvd restart your computer then plug them back this should activate the found new hardware wizard

if this does not fix the problem it might be a registry problem if you cant see your disk drive in windows explorer

Close all open programs

Click on Start, Run, and type regedit and press Enter
Click on the plus signs (+) next to the following folders







This folder is the DVD/CD-ROM Drive Class Description in the registry. Look for any of the following names in the right hand column.

Upper Filters

Lower Filters

Upper Filters.bak

Lower Filters.bak

If any of the above keys shown in step 4 are listed, right-click on them and choose Delete

After deleting the keys, close the registry editor
Reboot your computer

Open My Computer and check to see if your CD or DVD drives have returned. You may also want to open Device Manager and verify that the yellow exclamation and error code on the CD or DVD drive is gone.

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Cdrom has a small pinhole that you can insert a paper clip pin to push open the tray mechanically.

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Most probably the CD does not have the autoun function or the autorun is no functioning. If you need to install the software, open the Windows Explorer and click on the drive for the CD and on the Explorer right side plane double click the "setup" installer and the installation should run.

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I understand you can't find that pin hole that's supposed to be there. but just to clarify it's supposed to be on the face of the cd/dvd, not the case. also, just trying to help, did you try opening it WHILE your pc was booting up? maybe try from windows explorer and right click on the drive from that window and try eject or open option.

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u can see a pin hole on the drive just above the open button or the green the button once n poke the hole with a pin ,,,,it ll hit a soft end...continue pressing it with some force....the tray will open...
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