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CD Drive Won't Open on Laptop

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I cannot get my CD drive to open. I restarted Windows 7 and press the button on my laptop and nothing happens. It was just working an hour ago or so. I open up My Computer and right click on the CD Drive and Windows Explorer lags out and freezes up. I don't get it. My whole computer has been slowing down randomly lately. I have no viruses or anything because I run every check daily and all. I also defrag my drives with AusLogics Defragger more than twice a week. I am a tech freak and cannot figure this one out.

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a paperclip.

Start by unbending a leg of the largest diameter paperclip that will fit in the hole on the faceplate of the drive. Next, insert it it straight into the hole, and if you're lucky, there will be a little click before it goes in very far, and the tray will pop out a fraction of an inch
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The advice posted by peter99 is of course entirely correct for opening the drive.

However what is far more concerning is the reason the drive will not open and the perceived slow down of the computer, together with what you now say about Windows explorer.
As an aside issue, unless that drive is subjected to an extremely high usuage by way of files and programs installed and files and programs uninstalled, then the twice or more weekly defrag with Auslogics is unnecessary. Auslogics includes an analyse facility, as of course does Windows defrag. Generally speaking if either report that defrag is unnecessary then it is. Defragging a drive, with less than 5% file fragmentation is a pointless exercise as within a very short time, it will return to the previous %.

I have no viruses or anything because I run every check daily

I am not suggesting you have, but that with respect is a very sweeping statement. No ONE scan with ONE utility can be relied on.

What please have you tried up to now to analyse the situation

I now realise you have posted in the Malware forum on this link on 3 October
on that thread you yourself have then added another two posts. The last TODAY.
This creates the impression that your thread has been replied to ONCE and you have then responded, unless a member opens the thread.
Malware specialists looking for threads to assist with, look for the thread with NO REPLY.

You have also posted in the Waiting Room on the same issue.
Here on this link

In view of the fact that you have now started a Malware topic, that for your benefit and best practice, takes precedence.
Please CANCEL any repsonse to this thread as any attempt to solve the problem HERE may be against your best interests.
The proper course of action NOW is for you to wait for a response to the thread in the Waiting Room.
Once you have been given a clean bill of health, then if the problem persists, you may return here to this forum.

You started a thread here
Albeit it was back in January on your post 10 you asked

How do I check my RAM and Hard Disk?

devper94 who was helping you posted the answer.
YOU NEVER responded.
There have been other threads started by you on which you have failed to follow the issue through to a conclusion.
May I ask that in future you do reply to all posts on your thread and follow the matter through to a conclusion. IF however of course you decide that is NOT necessary having solved the problem, you only have to post to that effect.
Thank you.

Further advice is from one of your earlier threads

I Another great tool is Auglogics Registry Cleaner, I have used it for years and it does an amazing job and is completely free. I suggest it to anyone. http://auslogics.com/en/

Please be advised that there is NO such thing as a RELIABLE effective registry cleaner.
They are NOT recommended on GeekstoGo, they are generally more or less useless - the registry does not need cleaning or defragging.
They are frequently dangerous to the health of your computer.
Please see the last paragraph of my signature notes and the link for futher details.

Finally you will receive a repsonse to your thread in the Waiting Room, please be patient, they are very busy in the Malware Forum.

Edited by Macboatmaster, 06 October 2011 - 01:54 PM.

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Well, now it opens, but it won't read any discs. It won't recognize a disc is even in there. It is really baffling to me because the computer is running fine now, but my DVD drive is completely unusable. The LED on it comes on like it is reading it, but nothing happens.
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