CD player won't open unless CD left in

Dell Dell gx520 p4 3g/512/40/combo/xpp d...
September 9, 2010 at 07:25:07
Specs: Windows XP
Dell GX520 Machines runnig XP SP3. Just started have not updated recently. As log as a CD is left in drive opens and closes normally. Is there an adjustment or just go with leaving disk in player?

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September 9, 2010 at 13:44:13
My bet is you need a new cd drive.

You could boot to a live usb and see if it works with another OS just to be sure.

Why did it take me over a year to phone in a problem to ATT?

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September 10, 2010 at 05:35:27
I also have a similar problem with my current LiteOn DVDRW drive.
After looking up several forums trying to find a solution I've come to a conclusion that the solution is either getting a new drive or always leaving a cd inside the drive.

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January 27, 2011 at 13:45:52
Had the same problem. If the drive is an older model then there might be a small round magnet on the inner roof of the drive that clamps down on the disc when it closes. It would seem that after time the rubber belt and pulley mecanism gets slippery or stretches becoming too weak to break free of the magnet. If you open your drive and take the cover off, you can see the small belt on two pulleys below the open tray. I took off the belt and cleaned it and the grooves where it fits on the pulleys with pure alcohol and it has worked normal since then. If that didn't work, buy a new belt or cut out a round piece of strong tape the same size as the magnet and stick it on, make sure there is a hole in the middle of the tape. This weakens the gripping power of the magnet allowing the tray to break free easier.

Good luck!

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January 27, 2011 at 15:18:00
If you are stuck for a CD/DVD belt, seek out a horse riding place and take the belt with you. The bands they use around the horses tails can often be just the right size and shape. Belts can be installed through the front of the drive with a little care and patience.

We all live on a ball.

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