How can I open a drive drawer?

Dell / Precision workstation 390
October 20, 2010 at 19:37:49
Specs: Windows 7, 2.926 GHz / 4029 MB
I the dark, I mistakenly placed the American Heritage Dictionary disk into the burn-a-disk drawer rather than the CD drive drawer.

I can't find an entry for the locked disk on the list of drives, nor can I open the drawer with the eject button.


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#1
October 20, 2010 at 19:48:37
There should be a very small hole on the front of the drive. Unfold a paper clip and push that into said hole - this will perform an emergency eject and push the drawer out enough to be pulled out manually.

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#2
October 20, 2010 at 19:52:27
your terminology is quite humorous. Isn't there a tiny hole in the front of the so-called "burn-a-disk drawer" ? If there is, just open it with a paper clip in the hole...push it till the "burn-a-disk drawer" opens manually.

Easy answers can usually be found on google, here's an easy how-to to help you with that:
http://www.computing.net/howtos/sho...
Hope that helps...oh, by the way...what were you doing in the dark when this happened? LOL

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#3
October 20, 2010 at 19:53:38
So the burner isn't showing up in 'my computer'? Well it may have gone bad. But start up the computer and start tapping the PAUSE/BREAK key to stop the posting process. Then since nothing is going on to interfere with the burner, see if the open/close button works now. If not the drive must be bad or maybe its power connector is loose or the contacts are flared out and not making a good connection.

To remove the cd, there is often a small hole on the front of the cdrom. You can straighten out a paperclip and push it in to manually force the gears to move and open the tray. Do it with the power off as the motor might engage and immediately close the tray. In any case, if you have to use the paperclip to open it, the burner is probably bad anyway.

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#4
October 20, 2010 at 20:24:54
It worked. Thanks a mil.

George


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#5
October 20, 2010 at 20:28:02
It worked.

Why in the dark? I was too impatient to simply swing the lamp over to the CPU so I could actually see what I was doing. As it turns out, the American Heritage Dictionary CD is not compatible with Widows 7. Now I'll have to reach clear over to grab the hard copy of the dictionary.

George


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#6
October 20, 2010 at 20:34:01
you should be able to run it in administrator mode using the compatibilty setting ;-)

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#7
October 20, 2010 at 20:44:27
""I was too impatient to simply swing the lamp over to the CPU...Now I'll have to reach clear over to grab the hard copy of the dictionary"

Next time you have the dictionary in hand, look up CPU. Or just click the link below:

http://www.laptopparts101.com/wp-co...


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