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cd drive won't open

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by zookre, Sep 13, 2003.

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  1. zookre

    zookre Thread Starter

    Feb 24, 2003
    my cd will not open on my old packard bell, if i use soft eject and click it 20 or 30 times it will open if i'm lucky. once it open s it will work untill i shut down, then the next time i start up i have to go through the same thing, now i have found out that if i leave a blank cd in the drive it will work any time i want to use it even after restart. does anyone have any ideas othr than replacing the drive?
  2. RSM123


    Aug 1, 2002
    Make sure that data cable is connected properly.
    Make sure that red stripe is aligned with pin 1 on both ends of cable.
    Drive Carriage Mechanism may be bad.
    To remove any CDs inside use paper clip in emergency access hole to open drive.

    Check power connection to drive.
    Make sure power cable is connected tightly.
    Try a different cable from power supply.
  3. ~Candy~

    ~Candy~ Retired Administrator

    Jan 27, 2001
    You might also try turning off the 'auto run' via properties on the cdrom in device manager, or turning it on, if it is already off.
  4. gotrootdude


    Feb 19, 2003
    You may just have to bite the bullet and replace it. You might find one on a old PC if you have a dump nearby, or at a charity resale store like salvation army for a few bucks rather than shelling out money on a new one for a old PC.
  5. rmay635703


    Nov 7, 2002
    That wouldn't happen to be an old 24x Momitsu cd?

    That drive has issues once it gets up in age, what I've done is always leave a disk in the drive on my machine and It opens every time, it isn't repairable without some major effort (gears inside get "stuck" as the drive caddy goes in too far without a disk in) so do whatever you have to if you want to continue using it if thats what you want.

    Otherwise you can only replace it

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