Ejecting stubborn CD

Discussion in 'Computer Support' started by Earl, Mar 27, 2007.

  1. Earl

    Earl Guest

    Does anyone know how to eject a stubborn CD? I've tried rebotting, etc.
    Thanks.
     
    Earl, Mar 27, 2007
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  2. Earl

    WhzzKdd Guest

    Paperclip. Straighten. Poke it into the little hole in the faceplate of the
    CD.
     
    WhzzKdd, Mar 27, 2007
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  3. Earl

    Earl Guest

    Thanks for the suggestion, but I tried that also and it didn't work.
     
    Earl, Mar 27, 2007
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  4. Earl

    WhzzKdd Guest

    Then remove the unit from the PC and disassemble.
     
    WhzzKdd, Mar 27, 2007
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  5. Earl

    Mike Easter Guest

    Presumably you are saying that not only do the 'electronic' controls of
    CD software not work, but also the manual eject button doesn't work.

    The most common method for a CD tray style is to use the pin hole eject
    using a 'sturdy' straightened paperclip.

    I don't have any slotted drives, but I've heard that either a pin hole
    or thin button is inside the slot for them.
     
    Mike Easter, Mar 27, 2007
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  6. Earl

    Mike Easter Guest

    Let's make the assumptions that the paperclip released the 'catch' and
    that the mechanism of the failure of the tray to make its outward
    excursion driven by the spring is either some spring failure or jammed
    CD - that would be insufficient outward drive force or excessive
    resistance to the force -- as opposed to believing that the pinhole
    release technique is failing to achieve the release.

    If that beginning assumption is correct, then you should keep the
    pinhole release mechanism 'depressed' ie paperclip properly inserted and
    not missing the release and 'aid' or 'extract' ie 'pull' the tray with
    gentle force, probably applied with something with a thin blade used
    properly.
     
    Mike Easter, Mar 27, 2007
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  7. Earl

    Earl Guest

    Thanks, WhzzKdd. I'm not to handy when it comes to taking apart computers,
    but maybe I'll have to try that. :)
     
    Earl, Mar 27, 2007
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  8. Earl

    Earl Guest

    Thanks, Mike Easter. I'm going to call it a night tonight, but I'll try
    again tomorrow.
     
    Earl, Mar 27, 2007
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  9. Earl

    Mike Easter Guest

    I don't recall any easy way/dissembly into a naked CD drive enclosure
    except for the front, but I may be wrong about that. It is easy enough
    to get the drive out, but I'll bet you'll still be working on the front.

    Are you keeping any pre-symptom secrets from us, like some stupid thing
    a kid [or similar] did to it? Like forcing the tray closed with
    something in there wrong?
     
    Mike Easter, Mar 27, 2007
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  10. Earl

    thanatoid Guest

    (Strange. How long does it take to stick the end of a paperclip
    into a tiny hole?)

    Something occurred to me, and trust me, MANY have done stupider
    things, but when you tried this before, the PC WAS on, right? It
    will not eject unless the power is on, it's not a mechanical
    "spring" that you can set off manually with the pin.

    Also, read the manual, they may have suggestions.

    Also, MAYBE (can't remember searching for that particular
    problem): www.cdrfaq.org
     
    thanatoid, Mar 27, 2007
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  11. Earl

    Frosty Guest

    Well, that does it for me tonight.
    (Ummmm....naked CD enclosures...)
     
    Frosty, Mar 27, 2007
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  12. Earl

    Jerry Attic Guest


    Unless you are a complete incompetent, it will only require perhaps a
    phillips head screwdriver.

    Jerry
     
    Jerry Attic, Mar 27, 2007
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  13. Earl

    doS Guest

    uh, the pc doesnt need to be on

     
    doS, Mar 28, 2007
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  14. Did you have the PC (and therefore the CD ROM drive) turned OFF when you
    tried this?
     
    David Matthew Wood, Mar 28, 2007
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  15. In fact, it needs to be off so that no power will get to the drive
    (provided the drive is internal of course). Otherwise, the drive's
    motor will continue to keep the tray locked.
     
    David Matthew Wood, Mar 28, 2007
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  16. Earl

    thanatoid Guest

    Isn't that what the "pin in the hole" is supposed to override?

    And HOW does the tray slide out with no power? I don't recall
    the manual telling you to pull it out with forceps or
    anything....?
     
    thanatoid, Mar 28, 2007
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  17. Earl

    kraftee Guest

    Derrr.............................you pull it out after you've
    released the lock with the paper clip pushed thru the hole.

    But isn't that where the argument started anyway...
     
    kraftee, Mar 28, 2007
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  18. Open my Computer, right click on the stubborn CD Drive
    and click "eject" It worked for me a couple of times.

    Good Luck, [email protected]
     
    [email protected], Mar 28, 2007
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  19. Earl

    WhzzKdd Guest

    The pinhole allows a user to push a mechanical lever or gear inside that
    mechanically begins the motion of the drive opening - usually bringing it
    out 1/4" to 1/2". Then the user pulls it open the rest of the way.
     
    WhzzKdd, Mar 28, 2007
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  20. Earl

    WhzzKdd Guest

    Heh - I should've mentioned that. I strongly recommend AGAINST sticking
    something metal inside a powered on electronic device <g>
     
    WhzzKdd, Mar 28, 2007
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