Jason-211945 16:47 26 Feb 2004

I have two CD Drives (one standard CD-ROM the other a CD Writer).

My daughter pushed the CD-ROM drawer closed (quite forcibly) and now I can't get it to open. When I power on the PC, it makes a dodgy whirring noise. Is it dead or do you think I can salvage it. I'm quite happy (and able) to pull it out and start tinkering if theres a chance, but it sounds pretty final to me! It's not the end of the world as I have the other drive, just annoying!

  BarryKeith 17:31 26 Feb 2004

It can probably be fixed, but you will have to open it up and remove the CD-tray as it sounds as though the tray is in the wrong location on the gear train due to being forced to jump the gears. It's not that difficult, but you need to look carefully to see exactly how it operates so that you can reset it in the correct position. You're not the only one to suffer this problem.

  GANDALF <|:-)> 17:36 26 Feb 2004

Ebuyer are flogging LiteOn 48x/52x CDRoms for £6.99.


  Sheila-214876 17:56 26 Feb 2004

Straighten out a paperclip and insert it into the little hole you should see on the front panel of the CD drive and gently push it in. This should release the draw and enable you to physically pull it open to it's fullest extent. Now press the eject button to close it. Check to see if it now opens normally, it it does problem fixed. If not, New Drive.

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