DVD Tray doesnt eject in vertical position on

July 10, 2009 at 11:42:54
Specs: Windows XP SP2, AMD/512 MB
Hello All
I have been having a peculiar problem with my Sony DVD RW Drive 810A.
I have been having this drive for the past 2 years and it has worked fine so far.
I have installed it vertically since my machine sits vertical because of space constraints.
Now for the past few months when I press the eject button on the drive the drive tries to eject but I hear knocking noises and it doesnt come out. However I can eject by selecting that from the windows explorer though !!
Later on it came to a point thta even this wouldnt work.
The only way I can now eject this out is if I use the safety pin that comes along with and I poke it into the hole below the tray.

These are the observations :
1) The tray doesnt eject when in a vertical position.

2) If I have a DVD in the drive then it ejects when I press the eject button even in vertical position.

3) The tray works FINE in a horizontal position.The eject button works and the drive is all fine.


Any idea what this could be ? Seems it has to do with something that props in when the drive is only in a vertical position.The software and hardware components seems to be fine since it all works fine if the drive is operated horizontally..

Really puzzled.Pls help me.
Thanks folks

Alex


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#1
July 10, 2009 at 13:08:29
Cheap junk, OK not kidding. Cheap junk, not just because it is a what ever brand. It's all cheap junk. Buy a new cheap junk and use it for a while.

"Best Practices", Event viewer, host file, perfmon, antivirus, anti-spyware, Live CD's, backups, are in my top 10


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#2
July 12, 2009 at 19:45:18
I thought Sony is a good brand in drives and I been a fan of Sony, perhaps not anymore :-)

Could you suggest some ?


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#3
July 12, 2009 at 19:52:25
When you pay $30 or less for a drive it is cheap junk. They all are. Treat them as disposable hardware.

That said, gravity comes into play here. The disk falls down a little when released from the spindle and probably slides up the side of the dished out tray. That causes it to bind on something when the tray is trying to open.


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#4
July 12, 2009 at 19:58:44
well I paid a lil more than 90 dollars for this.definitely not a cheap one !!
Thats the reason I expected this to give me more of a life !

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#5
July 12, 2009 at 20:04:50
Do you have a laptop? If not then you paid too much. Look at the link below.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...


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#6
July 12, 2009 at 20:15:39
No a desktop. I bought this in 2006 so I dont know if it was pricey then ?

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#7
July 12, 2009 at 20:18:16
Btw r u talking about 810A ? Its a DVD RW drive.I didnt see that in the list you send me.

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#8
July 13, 2009 at 04:15:58
All of the drives I linked are DVDRW/CDRW. That list is a filtered list from newegg.com. They are the best online vendor. Prices for burners have dropped some but $90 two years ago was way too much.

I prefer LiteOn brand models, which are also sold a newegg.

Look at the link for a list of IDE burners. Plextor is the best brand.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...


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#9
July 13, 2009 at 05:23:26
..gravity comes into play here. The disk falls down a little when released from the spindle ..

I agree with Othehill .. unless the DVD drive has disc clips located on the loading tray. Disc clips are used to retain the disc in correct position when it is mounted vertically.

i_Xp/VistaUser


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#10
July 14, 2009 at 00:59:27
Yes it has disc clips at the 2 o clock,5,7 and 10 oclock positions if you know what I mean.

The drive manual says it can be installed vertically or horizontally


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#11
July 14, 2009 at 07:12:37
Still, wear on the tray will all be on the bottom. I bet if you installed it 180 degrees around it would work for awhile again. Then again, maybe not. The wear may be on the spindle itself.

If the drive is a CD only burner it is an old model anyway. Get a new drive.


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#12
July 14, 2009 at 07:18:49
I turned the chasis 180 degrees so that would mimic such an install but it didnt work.
No its a DVD RW drive, about 2 years old

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#13
July 14, 2009 at 07:26:43
Does the drive work if you keep it flat? If so, you have determined that, the vertical position is the problem.

Everything inside the drive is plastic so it can wear rather fast. Personally I wouldn't waste any more time on it.

BTW, is your hard drive also up on edge? Manufacturers claim that is OK, but my personal felling is running flat is better.


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#14
July 14, 2009 at 19:23:14
yes it works perfectly fine horizontally.

no my harddisk has been going fine. guess my chassis has a vertical design BUT the design allows the hard disk to sit vertically.
so if I lay down the chassis to make the DVD drive horizontal that would make the HDD go vertical.
What do you suggest ?


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#15
July 14, 2009 at 20:16:10
Just replace the DVD burner. Get another 2 years. By then you may be replacing the whole rig anyway.

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