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cd disc player won't eject disc

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#1 PossumNZ


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Posted 04 April 2014 - 02:44 PM

Hi All,


I have been given a desktop computer running Windows XP home edition which has a cd disc in the player and have been told the disc can't be ejected.


I haven't as yet started up the computer as need to locate a monitor so I can't be  sure if the disc hasn't been tried to be ejected from My Computer.


The previous owner not an experienced computer user had gone out and brought a external cd player so maybe the problem is with the player.



Any special methods members could recommend please that might eject the disc? 





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#2 Plastic Nev

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Posted 04 April 2014 - 03:07 PM

Hi, somewhere on the front panel of the disk drive drawer you should find a very small hole. If you obtain an ordinary paper clip and straighten it out, you then push that through the hole which releases the drawer lock enough for it to be pulled the rest of the way out.

In fact if you buy a new drive the manufacturers quite often supply a long release pin which is around the same size as a paper clip wire. If that turns out to be the only way of removing or closing the drawer, either the drive motor for it is duff, or the gears have stripped the teeth.



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Posted 04 April 2014 - 03:14 PM

No gears it is similar to an O ring rides on two pulleys, they dry out and snap.  Not worth fixing to much trouble pulling apart plus drives are dirt cheap.

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Posted 04 April 2014 - 05:22 PM

Both of the above are correct...as Phil says, it's usually a sign that the optical drive needs to be replaced (which is easily done at today's prices).


If the CD/DVD inside is not properly seated...it can prevent the eject mechanism from functioning properlly...so make sure that the disk inside is properly seated in place before trying to eject it.



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Posted 06 April 2014 - 02:08 PM

Thanks guys for you help and suggestions. Cheers

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