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    CD stuck in slot drive

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    I have a Dell Vostro that I need to return as it died, but I need to get a CD out first Has anyone any idea how I might be able to remove the CD? It's one of those slot drives so there's no tray with paperclip hole It's been suggested I try and find a small "mechanical button" at the front of the slot but I can't see or feel one

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    bios or windows

    go into bios ( using F2 afaik ) and hold down the eject button down and see if it ejects it. If not can you get into windows and right click on the drive and eject it that way by using the eject option ?

    other then that talk to dell support

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    I saw this on a Mac site. No idea if it will work.

    Instead, try to use the shutter of an old 3.5" floppy disc, and bend both ends of the shutter slightly outwards, so that the disc can easily slip between the ends. Now you have a tool that is thin enough to go a bit deeper into you Mac's slot-in drive. Press the Eject button and try to catch a tiny part of the disc with your newly-built tool. You should have a fairly good grip on the disc, and you can start to pull it out -- very slowly!

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    Quote Originally Posted by laserblazer View Post
    I saw this on a Mac site. No idea if it will work.

    Instead, try to use the shutter of an old 3.5" floppy disc, and bend both ends of the shutter slightly outwards, so that the disc can easily slip between the ends. Now you have a tool that is thin enough to go a bit deeper into you Mac's slot-in drive. Press the Eject button and try to catch a tiny part of the disc with your newly-built tool. You should have a fairly good grip on the disc, and you can start to pull it out -- very slowly!
    Yes, I've used this technique - with the addition of some very thin strips of rubber on the end to give grip.

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    Had a similar problem on a studio laptop that uses the slot loading drive. If the above doesn't work, and the drive has become locked shut as in my case the only real solution is to remove the drive cover and remove the disc manually.


    This wont be easy though as you have to strip the whole laptop to get at the drive. See here for info Documentation

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    I worked on a Dell Vostro recently (literally days ago) and the disc drive was kind of behind a flap. You should be able to manually push the flap down. Is there still no pin hole here either?

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    Yeah im suprised there isnt a pin hole

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    Okay, so I have an old vostro 1310 piece of junk at this point. It didn't want to play my rewritable cd, or give it back. I tried making a paperclip McGuiver...but my paperclip broke. Then I just took the battery out and unplugged it a couple seconds. I put the battery back in and it spit out the CD. I hope that tactic helps someone!

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    Screwdriver!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cooka View Post
    Screwdriver!
    6 year old thread.

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    wow...

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    Do you need a different type of screwdriver with a 6 year old thread?

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    Quote Originally Posted by laserblazer View Post
    Do you need a different type of screwdriver with a 6 year old thread?
    A time travelling one, most likely.



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