{RESOLVED THE HARDWAY :)}CD-RW drive died

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cjreed64

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My CD burner has been heading towards its death for a while. It worked less and less frequently until, yesterday, it died. I tried switching power connectors and ribbon cables, but it is dead. I just wish it wouldn't have died with my CD-RW in it! How do I get this out? It doesn't have one of those pinholes for the emergency eject. I will disassemble the drive if there is no other solution. Thanks!

-Chris
 

cjreed64

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Sorry. I should have told you that. It doesn't say on the front of the drive. I'm pretty sure it says NEC on the top. I will go check. It was just a generic 4x4x24 drive we bought. Thanks for responding so quickly!

-Chris
 
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found this, see if it applies

If a CD-ROM disc won't eject when the CD-ROM changer is powered ON and the CD-ROM disc is not in use, follow the below procedures: See also your NEC Technologies, Inc. 4x4 User Manual on page 31.


1. Power OFF the PC, remove the changer completely from the computer and disconnect all of the cables.

2. Remove the two rectangular silver tapes and clear plastic covers that protect the gear mechanisms on the left side of the changer.

3. Use your finger to manually rotate the left gear downward until the dust door is completely. View the two screws on the right side of the changer and verify that they are in the down position as shown in illustration.

4. Use your finger to manually rotate the right gear downward until jammed disc is ejected. Once the disc is visible, remove the disc by hand.

5. Replace the silver tapes and clear plastic covers, reattach the cables, and reinstall your changer.
 

cjreed64

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Thank you for your time. It turns out it was a Philips. It is now lying on my floor in pieces and my CD-RW is safely back in its case. Of course, the drive was more important, but it was already gone. Sorry I wasted your time.

-Chris
 

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Hey, you! How dare you call my method the hard way. I enjoyed disassembling the drive and seeing how it works. hehehe ;)

I actually took the disk out before disassembling the drive. I pulled the tray out with force after removing the front cover. So there! :p

-Chris
 
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