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CD Drive will not open


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so as the title says my cd drive will not open it currently has a disc inside and will run the disc if i click the drive in my computer but trying to eject it it makes the noise and does not open. it is a factory built computer so the cd door is a flip open

any help would be greatly appreciated thanks!
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Restart computer while holding CD drive eject button.
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If restarting doesn't work try inserting a paperclip in the small hole on front of the drive to eject the disc.
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the cd door is a flip open

I'm not sure, if those have a hole....
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Hmm haven't seen one of them in years.
Everytime I have one starting to do that the drive was failing. :)
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thanks for all the help!

restarting did not help at all and i cannot find a hole anything else i can try?

it sounds like its trying to open but the door will not and the drive goes right back in and reads
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Did you hold "Eject" button while restarting?
Right click on CD drive in "My computer", click "Eject".
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It sounds like the opening gear has either stuck or is disengaged.
On the older drives like that the opening mechanism would wear down and sometimes it would open and most of the time it would do just like you are stating.
How old is the system?
Is it a name brand and if so what make and model?
If you don't know what about the cdrom drive?
How old is it and what is the make and model of it?
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it is in a emachines T3990 computer approx 5 years old cd rw drive is all i can find
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Is this it HERE
If so you should be able to replace the drive with a newer dvd\cdrw drive for about 40 dollars with shipping.
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yes that is it would i be able to put a cheap dvd rw drive in instead
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I see no reason you can't put the dvd\cdrw drive in.
It's as simple as disconnecting the cable and power from existing drive and taking it out of the system.
Then putting new drive in and connecting the data ribbon and power to it.
You need to make sure you get the correct type of drive replacement.
I suggest if the system is not under warranty then open it up and look at the connections on the back of the cd drive.
Is there a wide grey ribbon going to it and a 3 or 4 wire connection?
This would indicate a Ide data ribbon and standard power connection.
If so then what you would need to get is a IDE drive.
From there we can assist in the installation.
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The flip open drives have a little hole. Usually they are to the right of center.
I have an old drive that I am looking at. The hole is the size of a paper clip.
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