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Cd rom drive is stuck closed, done everything i can think of to get open, don't want to break anything, pls. help, thanx, deige.

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Quasi every cd rom had a little hole for emergency eject,you can put a paper clip on it for opening the lock when the computer is off. Also under the laptop must be a screw which take the cd-rom on place.Removing only this screw you can remove entire cd-rom drive by pulling it out. You can do this with laptop turned off and the battery removed. Never use excessive force.. Hope this can help - Bye

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Go to the Control Panel > double click the System icon > Hardware tab > Device Manager >
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I have a HP PC and the DVD CD Rom keeps opening and closing by it self. How can I fix it?

First, with the power off, open the computer case and disconnect the 4-pin power plug from the drive. Then at least the drive won't open and close while you try to figure out what's wrong.

One possibility is that the front panel open/close button on the drive is sticking. Then the drive thinks you're always pressing the button. In that case, replace the drive. New DVD/CD burner drives are only $30 or so, so it isn't worth repairing one. I think you'll probably find the drive is just faulty.

Another possibility is that your computer has a virus. Random drive opening and closing was caused by a virus going around a while ago. I don't remember the virus name, but it was quite a while ago. Still, it's worth checking unless you're absolutely sure you have up-to-date antivirus software and you've been scanning your computer regularly. I would suggest downloading the free version of MalwareBytes' Anti-Malware and doing a complete scan to see if it finds anything. If it does, let it correct the problem.

If it turns out to be a virus problem, don't forget to plug the power connector back into the CD drive when you've cleared the trouble.

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My cd-rom drive keeps on opnening and closing?can you help me? i remove the IDE cable but it still opens and close...TNX

Dude CD ROM's are designed to close all by themselves in case if there is anything stuck in between,just unplug the CD Rom,and u might find a small hole,kindly punch in it using a pin so that the front portion of cd rom will open and clean up the entire drive using a soft brush(b careful about lens present inside)and fix it back and check out whether it works out

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Thanks for coming to FixYa, The problem you have is either a well documented software problem or a failing drive.

Click the below link, then scroll down and click the "Fix It" button. Follow the onscreen instructions, restart when it's done and see if your drive re-appears. If it does, you're done, if it doesn't work then your drive is most likely failed and you should replace it.


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