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Cd drive closes too quickly

\015 TOSHIBA DVD ROM SD - R1102 \012cd drive opens upon pressing the eject button on the front of the drive, the drive opens, but then immediately shuts itself again, \012withuot giving me time to put a CD in it\015

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If there is a problem with the eject mechanism on the drive,\015\012ie some dirt/damage, it may be ejecting up to the point where the dirt\015\012blocks the eject. The motor senses this, and then retracts the tray, to prevent damage to it.

Also, you may want to do a manual eject on the drive - get a paperclip, straighten it out, and check the front of the drive for a tiny hole - approx 1mm. With the system\015\012power off, push the straightened paperclip in through this, and you\015\012should feel some resistance, but if you carefully push against this,\015\012the drawer should manually eject. Once it starts to eject, you can\015\012carefully pull the tray out with your hand, and remove the CD. Just power on the unit again, and the tray should retract from wherever it was.

To test the drive\015\012further, go to your BIOS screen (normally F1 or DEL or poss f10 on\015\012boot) - don't change any settings here - then try ejecting the drive.\015\012 If it ejects cleanly, I'd suspect software. If not, as the OS hasn't\015\012loaded yet, this will rule out spyware/viruses etc - it'll make it a hardware issue.

If you're handy with a screwdriver, you may be able to remove the drive, take the covers off, and check the gears inside. Warning - this can be fatal to the drive, so be careful, but you might just see the crud inside that's stopping it working.
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