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How to stop CDRom from ejecting by itself?

by tcyw20 / July 20, 2009 12:58 AM PDT

I have a T43 ThinkPad from IBM. Recently, the CDRom is just out of control. It ejected by itself and kept ejecting after Iput it back in.

Can someone tell me what happened and how I can fix it?

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A test.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 20, 2009 1:51 AM PDT

Boot up but head to the BIOS or setup screen. Not changing anything but just a quiet place to be.

-> If the CD drive ejects when on that screen try a new drive.

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A test
by tcyw20 / July 21, 2009 1:24 AM PDT
In reply to: A test.

I did boot up and went to the BIOS. The CD drive did eject, but how to try a new drive?

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How to try a new drive.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 21, 2009 4:04 AM PDT
In reply to: A test

Remove old drive, install new drive. Repeat test.

Laptop drives cost less than any diagnosis fee at a service counter so you wonder why people take this in for diagnosis!

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more troubleshooting
by ratix00 / September 18, 2011 6:29 PM PDT

I know this may sound outlandish, but this is for others that google this same problem along with their cd/dvd drive. This is how i found this post regarding this problem since i to ran into the same problem.

I recently purchased an IBM thinkpad T40 second hand. I ran into this same problem where the drive would keep ejecting itself. If the drive can be removeable try taking out the drive and blowing in it like you would any cartridge (nintendo style), also blow into the connectors that are on the laptop itself, and reinsert the drive into the laptop. you might see improvement. the problem might go away if you are lucky. Mine was doing this about 3 weeks into the purchase.

I recommend that you use compressed air instead of just blowing into the connectors too. A restart on the computer is needed if you decide to physically take out the drive while its running. I know I'm bumping a 2 year old thread but it could still apply to recently purchased laptops that are bought today and have the removable feature.

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