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DVD Tray Won't Open

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Hairy-o, Jan 29, 2012.

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  1. Hairy-o

    Hairy-o Thread Starter

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    The DVD tray won't open when push the button on the front of the DVD drive. This happens every once in awhile. Is this simply a hardware malfunction or is there something missing in the drivers?

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  2. Triple6

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    It'll likely be a physical hardware failure. You can go to My Computer, right click on the drive, and click on Eject and see if that works. If not new drives are dirt cheap.
     
  3. ashley1969

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    Or, if you get really stuck, open up a paper clip, and push the end of it gently into the hole on the front of the drive. It should then pop out a bit, allowing you to open the drive fully to retrieve or put in a disc.
    New dvd drives are around $5-6 though.

    Yes, as Snagglegaster says, switch off first
     
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    If you try opening the drive with a paper clip, you should do it when the system is turned off, or you are likely to damage the drive. Sometimes, a stuck drive that'a been opened with a paper clip will work fine for a long, long time. Unfortunately, what usually happens is that the drive continues to malfunction and requires replacement. Ashley1969, I don't think there are many new DVD burners to be had quite as cheaply as $5-$6, but if you have some, and you'll accept a purchase order in lieu of cash, we should talk.:)
     
  5. ashley1969

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    I not seen Burners for that price either, I only said dvd Drives.. ;-) and I have bought 2 for the kids pcs for $5 each, in a local store. Original post didn't mention a Burner drive.
     
  6. Snagglegaster

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    That's absolutely right. And I stand most humbly corrected. Just couldn't resist pulling your chain a bit. Lots of folks are sloppy about terminology, which is one of the things that makes online support difficult. Anyway, if you ever have the misfortune to be stuck in the Texas Panhandle, I owe you a coffee.
     
  7. ashley1969

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    Hey, it's all good, I'm new here, I just joined to put the post that is above yours. Thought I'd give first, just in case I need help sometime too. Hope we not hijacking this post now... ;-)
     
  8. managed

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    Sometimes these drives will open more often when there is a disk inside than when they're empty.
     
  9. Snagglegaster

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    It's good that you want to help rather than be a part of the problem:) I think if you are fairly new to support forums, you will find that their are leeches and blood donors without much middle ground. Strangely enough, on forums the blood donors are at the top of the food chain. Of course, you need some ego to back it up, but you might be there.
     
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