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Can't eject Cd's.

by Mailman / April 22, 2004 4:41 AM PDT

Most of the time when I use a CD to install a device
or program, my CD rom will not eject the disk. It still
Shows in My Computer as the correct disk in the drive.
I can even explore the CD or run the programs again.
But the drive will not release the disk until I reboot.
Then, just as soon as XP is shutting down, the disk
will eject when I press the button. Has anyone had
this problem? And is there a solution known to this?



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A new CD drive will cost less than $20-30
by LarryD / April 22, 2004 5:00 AM PDT
In reply to: Can't eject Cd's.

look for rebate deals
Easy to replace
hardware wears out

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Re:Can't eject Cd's.
by Cursorcowboy / April 22, 2004 8:07 AM PDT
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I've seen this particularly when a program for CD-RW is installed and wasn't written entirely correct. I've tried the right-click on the drive eject and other times had to start the CD-RW program and use an eject button there.

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I have 2 CD drives.
by Mailman / April 22, 2004 12:18 PM PDT
In reply to: Re:Can't eject Cd's.

Well, I have two CD drives. I have a CD ROM and a combo
CD R/RW/DVD ROM. And they both act the same way.
Neither will eject an installation CD after it is
used to install the device or program. I just can't
figure it out.


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Re:I have 2 CD drives.
by thestones / April 22, 2004 1:55 PM PDT
In reply to: I have 2 CD drives.

This has been happening lately to me as well. The earlier posting regarding the fact that hardware eventually wears out is probably our answer, even though it's not what I wanted to hear - now that Gateway's closed their retail stores.

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NT -- ''Even'' if you use the described procedure?
by Cursorcowboy / April 22, 2004 10:23 PM PDT
In reply to: I have 2 CD drives.


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That is correct. (NT)
by Mailman / April 22, 2004 10:24 PM PDT


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Dig up the manufacturer and see about newer drivers perhaps.
by Cursorcowboy / April 22, 2004 10:33 PM PDT
In reply to: That is correct. (NT)

Sorry to read that -- may mean incompatibility.

Bill Gaston

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Re:Dig up the manufacturer and see about newer drivers perhaps.
by Mailman / April 22, 2004 10:36 PM PDT

I updated the firmware just recently.
I even have used a paperclip to open the drives
manually. They still show the disk in the drive
until reboot anyway. No matter how many times I
refresh the screen.


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Re:Can't eject Cd's.
by Themisive / April 22, 2004 8:47 PM PDT
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I have 2 drives like thestones; my primary is a DVD R/RW combo, the secondary is a CD ROM only. If you're using a multimedia keyboard, try re-installing the driver software for it, you'll have to reconfigure thr programmable keys, but that should cure it, but only the primary will eject this way, and they can take a very long time to eject either via the button on the front, or through Control Panel.

Also, I've often noticed that if you've been using the rewriter, it seems to "stick" - it's actually transferring the final data from a buffer on your hard drive to the disk before it ejects!

The best way to get around it is BE PATIENT.

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The confusing part is...
by Mailman / April 22, 2004 9:10 PM PDT
In reply to: Re:Can't eject Cd's.

...that as soon as I reboot, and Windows closes,
the drive will eject the disk immediately. So something
about XP seems to be the problem. If only one drive
acted this way, I might think it was hardware related.
But both? I don't think I believe in that much of a

I have only waited for a half hour after trying to
eject the disk before rebooting. That's about the
limit of my patience. LOL!


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