How to fix jammed Dvd/Cd drive F?

First my drive did not open so I repaired it using the paperclip method BUT did not turn off the PC.

Now every time I boot up, the drive makes a repetitive jerking sound and I have to push in the already closed drive to make the noise stop and enable the  PC to boot.  IS there something I can do to fix it?

Tks




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blkhawk7 years ago
DVDs and CD ROMs do not have serviceable parts. It is better (and cost effective) to replace them. I had an Acer computer once less than a year old that needed a new CD ROM. Trust me! Drives fail regularly!
frollard7 years ago
Welcome back mastermind
:D

Re-design has the correct answer.  If it's broken then you have nothing to lose taking it apart and seeing if a gear has skipped a track.
perdu1 (author)  frollard7 years ago
Thanks for replying but I think I was not very clear in my information. I can NOT use the drive since it will now open! Yes, I was able to open it initially (when it jammed) and take out the disk. However, I did this with the PC on (not off as I now know you are supposed to do) and ever since then, it has been closed and I am unable to open with the PC turned on. (Yes, with it turned off I can use the paperclip technique to open the drive) The PC is only a year old and I have never dropped it,etc to can't imagine a drive, gear out of sync. I think it is more of the little latch not reacting to the software but I'm hardly qualified to make that call!
frollard perdu17 years ago
As I say in a different reply -the latching mechanism uses the same motor to operate the latch as the tray slider...If it is jamming up, then its a skipped gear.

That said:  New dvd burners are like 25 dollars these days...if you're really feeling down about it :)
When you opened it with the power on, you forced it and something slipped, broke jammed or something.

Personally I did not know that you should have the power of and have done it several times without damage.  But I can see where it might damage the drive.

I don't think there is a latch.  The drive opens when a motor moves the tray using a linear gear or some arrangement like that.  The computer thinks the tray is open and is trying to close it.

Try this, with the computer off, open the tray with a paper clip.  Now turn on the computer and the computer will probably close the tray.

Did that fix it?
I can't imagine a possible scenario where the drive would be damaged by using a paperclip while powered up...unless the drive was actively reading and everything asploded when the parts started moving with a 'hot' disk in there.  The motor has to roll several revs 'open' to unlatch before the same mechanism starts the drive tray moving outward.  hitting the paperclip only does that first motion - which also turns the motor.  Most drives have a limit switch that sense when they open/fully closed.  The motor shouldn't get hurt by being manually turned by the ejector under any normal circumstances...there isn't an extra locking mechanism - just firmware controls power to the motor.  No turning motor = locked drive.  <end long winded>  only way to really break it is to force it harder/faster than it wants to and skip a gear tooth or six.
Re-design7 years ago


Sounds like something has jumped the track, a belt is off the cob, a gear has chipped a tooth, a slide it out of the rail, a sequencer is out of sequence or a software closer is stuck on close.

If you carefully take it apart, you might see something that does not look right and fix it.

You might end up making the drive worse though.


perdu1 (author)  Re-design7 years ago
Thanks for replying but I think I was not very clear in my information. I can NOT use the drive since it will now open! Yes, I was able to open it initially (when it jammed) and take out the disk. However, I did this with the PC on (not off as I now know you are supposed to do) and ever since then, it has been closed and I am unable to open with the PC turned on. (Yes, with it turned off I can use the paperclip technique to open the drive) The PC is only a year old and I have never dropped it,etc to can't imagine a drive, gear out of sync. I think it is more of the little latch not reacting to the software but I'm hardly qualified to make that call!