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Windows 7: CD Rom does not open

28 Mar 2015   #1
tonyvella

windows 7 Home Premium
 
 
CD Rom does not open

On my second computer the cd-rom will not open either by pressing its button or by clicking "eject" in Windows Explorer. It does open though when I stick a pin (straightened paperclip) into the little front hole and it plays and burns perfectly. My question is whether it is safe to continue using the straightened paperclip to open it or am I likely to cause some further damage?

Thanks in advance for all advice.


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28 Mar 2015   #2
rvcjew

7 Pro x64, 10 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by tonyvella View Post
On my second computer the cd-rom will not open either by pressing its button or by clicking "eject" in Windows Explorer. It does open though when I stick a pin (straightened paperclip) into the little front hole and it plays and burns perfectly. My question is whether it is safe to continue using the straightened paperclip to open it or am I likely to cause some further damage?

Thanks in advance for all advice.
As long as it does not keep spinning when you open it your okay. I would hit eject wait for it to attempt to open (so you know the disk has spun down) then your good.
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28 Mar 2015   #3
Boozad

W7 Pro x64 SP1 | W10 Pro IP x64 | W8.1 Pro x64 VM | Linux Mint VM
 
 

Buy a new one, they're dirt cheap.
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28 Mar 2015   #4
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

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28 Mar 2015   #5
PSCO2007

Windows 7 Professional X64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Boozad View Post
Buy a new one, they're dirt cheap.
Not in my case - spent almost $100 - same intermittent problem.
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28 Mar 2015   #6
AddRAM

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29 Mar 2015   #7
tonyvella

windows 7 Home Premium
 
 
cd-rom does not open

Thanks for the replies, friends. Some more info: the door will not open and eject when there is no disc. When I burn or play the machine ejects automatically when finished as it should ... does not open only when it's empty, no disc.

Something else. Dirt cheap is a relative term. Here in Ottawa, Canada for a 70-year old man who does not know how to take a CP apart and replace things for himself:

new cheap internal cd-rom = $40.00
minimum charge for installation = $75.00
tax on parts and service (13%) = $14.95
TOTAL: $129.95

and that's for a bottom of the line cheap piece of Chinese sh!t from Best Buy).

That's why I asked if I can keep on using the pin without causing more problems.
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29 Mar 2015   #8
Boozad

W7 Pro x64 SP1 | W10 Pro IP x64 | W8.1 Pro x64 VM | Linux Mint VM
 
 

Well without all of that pertinent information in the opening post I'm hardly going to guess it. A CD-ROM drive should not be costing $40, but that's beside the point if you're not in a position to buy one anyway.
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29 Mar 2015   #9
akjudge

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by tonyvella View Post
When I burn or play the machine ejects automatically when finished as it should ... does not open only when it's empty, no disc.
Since the CD will open if software driven, have you tried this:

Eject and Close CD/DVD Tray - Add to Desktop Context Menu

It may not work, but it can't hurt to try it and see if it will solve your problem.

As for the paperclip, I had a Dell that had the same problem. Must have used "the paperclip software" for years on it without any problems.

Jim
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29 Mar 2015   #10
PSCO2007

Windows 7 Professional X64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
If you had checked my specs prior to your rant, you would have seen that is what I paid for.

Maybe I should have spcified it was a BD player, but I assumed that would be obvious by the price.
Amazon.com: Buying Choices: Pioneer Electronics USA 15x SATA Internal BD/DVD/CD Burner with 4 MB Buffer BDR-208DBK
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