Thursday, March 16, 2006

Jammed Discs

It can happen all too easily. You're in a hurry and you don't seat the disc flush in the tray of your computer's CD/DVD drive. You press the close button, the tray slides in and ... the disc jams. I've done it myself ... on more than one occasion. On other occasions a disc is put correctly into the drive but, possibly because of finger marks or scratches, won't eject when the eject button is pressed. If you find that you can't reopen the tray by pressing the eject button on the drive, don't panic. This is a situation that manufacturers of CD/DVD drives have anticipated. If you look closely at the front of your drive, generally to the left and below the tray you should see a tiny hole (highlighted in the accompanying picture). What you need to do is to get yourself a paper clip and straighten it out so that you have at least 2-3 cm of straight clip. Turn the power off on your PC and insert the clip into the hole. When it's in about 1 cm you shoul feel some resistance - keep pushing gently and the drawer should pop open enough for it to be gently pulled open and the disc recovered.

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