Howto open a CD/DVD drive when the eject button doesn't work

Posted on Tuesday, Sep 19 2006 @ 00:05 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Help my CD or DVD drive won't open anymore, what should I do?

I've had this problem a few times and found two solutions to fix it.
  • It could be a software problem. In that case you can try to reboot your computer.

  • Another solution to get the CD/DVD drive back open is the paperclip trick. This is a mechanical emergency eject solution that also works when the drive doesn't have power. I've used this once on my laptop. It's very simple, on the front of your CD or DVD drive is a small hole. Gently push an unbend paperclip (or a similar thin object) into this hole until your drive opens.


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    Thomas De Maesschalck

    Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.



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