CD-ROM, DVD, or other disc tray not opening

Locking device or software installed

First, verify no locking software installed that prevents the tray from opening. If you are unsure, reboot the computer and as it is booting up, eject the tray. If the tray can eject as it is booting, but stops working after loading your operating system, something is being loaded that is preventing the drive tray from opening. Programs used to burn CDs are a common culprit.

Bad eject button

If you are running Microsoft Windows, open My computer, right-click the disc drive icon and choose the option to eject. If this ejects your CD-ROM drive tray, the button on the disc drive is defective, and it is recommended that the drive be replaced.

No power to computer or disc drive

If you have recently installed a new optical drive or you have moved the computer, the power cable to the CD-ROM may have become loose or disconnected. Reseat the power cable to make sure this is not the problem.

CD stuck within drive

If you suspect that a CD may be stuck within the drive, the tray needs to be ejected manually. Look for the small manual eject hole that ( not the head phone jack) located on the front of the drive. Unwind a paper clip and place one end of the paper clip into the hole to eject the CD-ROM tray.

Computer CD-ROM drive

If CD-ROM tray opens part of the way, pull it gently to see if you can get it to open fully. If it cannot be opened any further, it is likely that the gears within the CD-ROM drive have become damaged or dislodged. But usually, a stuck CD is blocking the way.

Caution: If you are able to open the CD-ROM drive using a paper clip, we do not recommend continuing to do so. This is meant to be used as a temporary solution; the drive should be replaced.

Incompatible interface

If you have an IBM compatible computer, recently installed the CD-ROM drive and are unable to open the it, you may have a compatibility issue. Temporarily disconnect the IDE cable to verify that you are not experiencing incompatibility between the CD-ROM drive and motherboard. Once the IDE cable has been disconnected, power on the computer and see if the CD-ROM drive tray can be opened.

If the drive can be opened with the IDE or ATAPI cable disconnected, use the interface card supplied with the CD-ROM drive or the ATAPI interface on the sound card or motherboard.

Bad drive

If after following the previous recommendations you are unable to open the CD-ROM drive using the button on the front, it is likely defective and should be replaced.

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