Problems opening your CD tray?

Discussion in 'hardware' started by moontan, Sep 23, 2011.

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  1. moontan

    moontan Registered Member

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    if it takes many try to open your CD tray because the door is stuck leave a CD in there all the time.

    if you don't there's 2 magnets in there that gets too close without a CD in there.

    it opens every time on the first try now. :thumb:
     
  2. siberianwolf

    siberianwolf Registered Member

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    make sure it's not a bootable media (cd/dvd), unless you don't have your optical drive set as first boot device.
     
  3. TheKid7

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    About a year ago I had the tray open/close button stop working on a DVD-RW drive. I used the freeware called Wizmo to open and close the drive tray. If I wanted the tray to open I would use the Windows Run command and run "wizmo open" and if I wanted the tray to close I would run "wizmo close". Eventally, I decided to replace the DVD-RW drive.

    http://www.grc.com/wizmo/wizmo.htm
     
  4. MikeBCda

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    I don't know if it's still the case with newer models, but years ago a tech-support rep agreed with me that problems with the tray were the most common early-warning symptom of an optical drive getting close to its last days.
     
  5. ABee

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    If that's the case, then both of my optical drives have been close to their last days for the past six years.

    The 'leave a CD in the drive 24/7' idea I'm not very big on. I believe I'll just continue to finagle the tray opening as necessary.
     
  6. Brian K

    Brian K Imaging Specialist

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    TheKid7,

    Thanks for that. I've had problems for about 6 months with my CD tray intermittently not opening and Wizmo is a great help.
     
  7. crofttk

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    Wizmo's good for automating or forcing reboots and lots of other stuff too.:thumb:
     
  8. J_L

    J_L Registered Member

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    Never heard of that, thanks.
     
  9. Rilla927

    Rilla927 Registered Member

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    Right click on the drive and click "eject".

    On toolbar area in Vista and Win7 it says eject.
     
  10. moontan

    moontan Registered Member

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    even doing that i had a hard time opening the door.

    everything's been fine since i been keeping a CD in there at all times.
    i'm telling you folks, there's a problem with the magnet 'holders' for older cd drives.
     
  11. stapp

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    I thought that was what staightened paper clips were for :D
     
  12. Zorak

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    I agree. I have an old Plextor cd burner (brilliant digital audio extraction and burning quality), but tray never opens without a cd in it. The eject button works; you can hear the drive trying to open the tray - but it just can't do it. The same thing happens when software commands are used.

    I researched the problem a couple of years ago and found a description of the magnet issue and have kept a cd in the drive ever since. No more paper clips shoved in the eject hole for me :cool:
     
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