... it won't open! I've tried pushing the button; context menu'd on Eject; clicked Eject in the left pane of Explorer; all to no avail. The light briefly flashes but nothing else.
What do I do now?
Done that - all it did was whirr a bit - nothing moved though
Harder Harder Harder !!
Push it HARDER MAN !!
OK OK OK - I get the idea - got the tray open now by manually pulling. Thanks. Now what do I do with an open tray - I know put a cup of coffee in it and don't forget it's there when shutting down.
Hey ho end of another day - nearly
Replace the drive? I suspect the mechanism is damaged
leco (10th November 2009)
Thanks will take a closer look tomorrow, can't see much inside the drive. Might just order a new one as Michael suggests. I have been having issues with this machine previously.
Reasons why CD/DVD drives won't open:
1. No power
2. Data cable not plugged-in correctly
3. No rubber belt around the pulleys that open tray
4. Some little has shoved some coins in there
If you use the paper clip, manually open tray and encounter resistance, then it's likely the belt has slipped. If there's no resistance, belt has completely come off the pulleys and has either been pinched or is sitting inside the drive.
I've pulled a few drives to bits lately - quite easy to open really, as long as you open the tray first. If it's unfixable then I suggest you try removing the lens: Turn a DVD Lens into a Cellphone Macro Lens - Cameraphone - Lifehacker
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