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I need help with my cd-r/cd-rw samsung drive

Discussion in 'Multimedia' started by frenchboysharp, Apr 26, 2007.

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  1. frenchboysharp

    frenchboysharp Thread Starter

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    I have a dell dimension 3000 desktop and i have a samsung cd-r/cd-rw drive and suddenly it wont open. I only got the computer 1 year and a half ago. What should I do or tell me what the problem is. Thank You
     
  2. Elvandil

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    Possibly a CD jammed in it? Use a paperclip and push it through the tiny hole on the faceplate, perfectly straight.
     
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    I don't think the cd is jammed because the computer stilll reads it. What happens is i press the button and the little green light flickers and the drive doesnt open but the computer reads the disc as if it has just been put in the drive.
     
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    Did you try the paperclip? It's possible that a drive belt or something inside the drive istself is broken. Does the motor even try to eject the tray?

    If the tray is locked by software, it should open if you press the button while the machine is booting.
     
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    yes the computer motor tries to open it and yes i tried the paperclip but it still doesnt want 2 open
     
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    It's a goner, I'd say.
     
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    So what can i do to fix it? or what should I do>
     
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    There isn't much you can do. They are not very expensive. Buy a new, faster one.
     
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    Since a CD-RW drive is $20 or less, fixing it had better be really cheap, or I'd just replace it. :)
     
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    What kind of drive would u recommend thats not too expensive?
     
  11. Elvandil

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    Here are a few.
     
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    That looks like a good one.

    It's pretty easy to put in. Once you open your computer, you'll see screws to remove the drive (or a sliding bar, depending on what make of computer). There are 3 wires (or 2) attached to the back. Set the small jumper on the back so it is the same as the old one and put in the new one.

    If you can use a screwdriver, you should be able to do it yourself. Just be sure to pull off the wires as straight as possible so no pins get bent.
     
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