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CD ROM door will not open

by stephenszpak / July 10, 2010 5:36 PM PDT


My CD ROM drive door will not open.
I push the button on the drive but nothing happens.
The LED flashes when the computer
is booted up.

System Information says there is no Media Loaded and the Status
is OK. It also has a driver in the Driver area. (Sorry I couldn't
find the 'Upload your pretty image' page to show the info.)

Philips DVD+-RW DVD8631

Windows XP Home SP3

- Stephen

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Two other ways...
by Papa Echo / July 10, 2010 6:03 PM PDT

1. Right click the drive, hen choose "Eject"
2. Use pin to push at the small hole at the dtive door to manully eject.

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by stephenszpak / July 10, 2010 6:20 PM PDT
In reply to: Two other ways...

Thanks. I did suggestion 1 a couple weeks ago I think. I just
did it again at My Computer. It did not work.

I did not know there was even such a think as a small hole there.
I stuck a thin straightened out paper clip in there about 7/8 inch
25 times. It did just open, very slowly.

Any suggestions at this point?

I'm not sure it it's normal or not?

Should I always keep a blank CD in there?

- Stephen

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Those are standard procedures...
by Papa Echo / July 10, 2010 6:55 PM PDT
In reply to: interesting

...yuo can help along by tapping and pushing at the drive door...and it may help when doing it on full battery or mains power.

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by stephenszpak / July 10, 2010 7:01 PM PDT

Thanks for your quick and useful ideas.

Take care,

- Stephen

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CD in drive
by pgc3 / July 10, 2010 10:51 PM PDT
In reply to: interesting

Never leave disk in drive, blank or otherwise.

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other options for worn out DVD ROM
by Brechan / July 11, 2010 2:50 AM PDT
In reply to: interesting
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Belt's time is over!

This usuallt happens when the belt inside the frive wears out. You may have to replace the belt.
Others have suggested to eject the drive till then.

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by stephenszpak / July 11, 2010 7:45 AM PDT
In reply to: Belt's time is over!
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by Papa Echo / July 11, 2010 8:22 AM PDT
In reply to: ok

... you are going to purchase a replacement, consider going for a DVD ROM, DL, which also reads CDs... If internal, make sure of the interface, PATA/IDE, or SATA. Since your computer is 5 years old, it is likely PATA/IDE.

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by stephenszpak / July 11, 2010 9:08 AM PDT
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Can't duplicate a lot....
by Papa Echo / July 11, 2010 9:57 PM PDT
In reply to: ok

ATAPI....IDE...are forms of the previous ATA "Advanced Technology Attachment". [Attachment = Interface]. From 2003, a new way was found, which they called "Serial ATA or Serial Advanced Technology Attachment" or the now familiar SATA. To distinguish this from the old way, they now called that Parallel ATA...PATA.

So your question, are they the same ? Answer: Not quite, but similar. but SATA is different.

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