cd wont eject/ no operating system in a dell

Dell Inspiron laptop / intel pentium pro...
December 31, 2010 at 07:12:16
Specs: Windows Vista
I bought a dell inspiron less than 2 years ago and the Hard drive went bad. I installed a new hard drive in my Inspiron an mistakenly put the drivers and utilities cd in instead of the OS disk. There is no paper clip hole so I'm in a pickle. Any ideas short of buying a new cd drive on how to get the disk out?
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#1
December 31, 2010 at 07:21:27
Have you tried going into My Computer, right clicking the drive and hit Eject?

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#2
December 31, 2010 at 07:29:23
Its a new hard drive...no operating system loaded yet. On power up it displays the DELL logo and acts like its trying to read from the disk thats in the drive. I didnt know if maybe there was a DOS command that would make it eject.?

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#3
December 31, 2010 at 08:06:20
I found an 'eject.com' on my computer that apparently came on an old Sony cd setup disk. It worked fine from 98 command prompt. I can email it to you if you post back your address or send it in a private message.

Of course, you need to be able to boot up somehow. With your cdrom locked up and no OS on the hard drive, do you have a floppy drive? If so you can download a bootdisk file from someplace like bootdisk.com and then add eject.com to the disk.

And that assumes the problem is with the cdrom button and not an internal failure with the drive. If the cdrom is busted no software command is going to open it.

Real men don't use AntiVirus; they just reformat


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#4
December 31, 2010 at 08:32:26
What the hell was I thinking. Not enough coffee yet. If you can go into the bios, try setting it to boot from the cd.

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#5
December 31, 2010 at 08:59:29
Uh, why can't you just press the eject button?

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#6
December 31, 2010 at 09:10:35
that was the 1st thing I tried........the button wont eject it.

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#7
December 31, 2010 at 10:36:16
How did you get the disc in the drive? You must have pressed the button to open the drawer. What happens when you press it now - does the LED on the drive light up but the drawer doesn't open? Did you try pressing it multiple times? It may be temporarily locked out during the boot cycle. If you keep pressing the button, it should eventually open - my guess is it's all in the timing.

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#8
December 31, 2010 at 15:35:05
Some of these laptop optic drives do not have a flap or tray or drawer. They take in and eject the disk bare like a car CD. If it will not respond to the eject button then dis-assembly might be the only option

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#9
December 31, 2010 at 19:57:32
I haven't heard from you re my # 3 to your asking for a dos command to open the tray. Here's a download for it:

http://dtroeh.homeip.net/webshare/D...

I think your problem is hardware related so I doubt the file will work, but you asked. And as I mentioned, the Dell will need to have a floppy drive and you'll need a dos/win9X bootdisk with cdrom support.

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