DVD drive won't open!

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  1. Timmy T

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    Hi,

    Not sure if there's anything I can do, but here goes!

    My DVD drive won't open. If I try to eject the disc, the drive tray makes a noise as it tries to move, but doesn't open, then the disc that's in it reloads.

    I've tried to poke a needle into the little hole to eject it manually, but it doesn't do anything either.

    Any ideas?
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    The drive is knackered Timmy and a paper clip is the better option than a needle.

    If you have a disk in there that you need and the paper clip option doesn't work then you will have to force it open, either way it's time to get a new drive.
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    Hi Timmy T
    As Wolfymole has said a partially straightened paperclip is definately the way to go as a fair bit of pressure will need to be applied to eject your CD tray. If you use the needle you may only serve to spread blood all over your pc's case
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    have you tried to restart your pc & then eject it .........
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    Tip: belt grip on rubber band in front works a treat if you can get it open. they stretch and slip and the drive won't open I get band from electronic store very cheap like 50c cheaper than drive they should never have gone away from gears for this. Most of the time the rest of the drive is fine :)
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    OK! Got it to open using paperclip and retrieved disc from inside. Tray then opened and closed normally several times. Put in another disc, drive wouldn't open. Disc out via paperclip eject and it works again!! Tried this several times with same result.

    I take it that the thing is knackered?!

    So, my next question is whether there are different types of drive (connections etc)? If so, how do I tell what I need? All I know at the mo is that it's a 5 yr old Mesh computer and it's black!!

    Cheers!
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    On a box of that age Timmy I'll guarantee that the connection will be IDE.

    It's a wide grey ribbon cable that connects it to the mobo.

    Just make sure the new drive is jumpered in the same way as the old optical drive.
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    Thanks, I'll check. What would it be if it's not like that? I seem to remember that when I had a hard disc problem I had to use a SATA hard disc.

    Or should I just take the old one out and take it to PCW and ask for another (or will I pay through the nose for it!!)?
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    A lot of boards around that time had a combination of IDE and SATA.

    The SATA was mainly for the hard drive.

    Slide the side off the pc and have a look, if it's a thin red cable coming from the optical drive then it's SATA, if it's a wide grey cable then it's IDE.
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    hiya is it a laptop or a desktop pc?

    regards
    fixit

    never mind , sorry posted late
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    It's a desktop, sorry!
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    Right then!

    Bought a new drive, checked the settings on the back were the same as the old one (put the cap over the slave pins) and put new drive back in. Started machine up and the new drive was recognised by the computer. Drive seems to work fine.

    The only thing that I've noticed is that the computer still thinks it has the old Sony drive in, not the new LG one when I pull up the properties of the disc drive. Is this a problem? Should I have installed LG specific drivers?

    As I said earlier, it all seems to work ok (at the moment!!).
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    hi , if you go to device manager ( right click my computer - click properties -in the next window select hardware - then click on device manager ) on the list click on the plus sign next to dvd/cd rom drives right click on the sony drive and select uninstall , click on the ok button , and reboot your computer , it should then refresh you system and install you new lg rom and list it as such

    regards
    fixit
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    Have a look in Device Manager and the LG should be listed.
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    hi
    sorry i should have asked " what operating system are you running ?
    "
    regards
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