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les_paul  
13 Dec 2008 10:22 | Quote
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When I open the cd shelf on my computer then close it, it stays shut for about five seconds then opens again. The only way to keep it shut is to hold it by hand and after it tries to open the second time the light goes off and you can take your hand away. Any ideas?

I put this in the gear section because my computer is a piece of my recording gear but one of the mods can move it if it fits better somewhere else.

EDIT: I should also add that it doesn't read or wright cd's anymore.
telecrater  
13 Dec 2008 11:19 | Quote
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my guess is that your cd drive is broke (not to point out the obvious)

You may be able to take it out (the cd drive) and remove the cover and see if there is something in there that's keeping it form closing. I had a CD that shatters when it was being read and had to do this.

If thats not the case you know CD/DVD rw drives are pretty cheap anymore and I think for $20 you could replace it.
les_paul  
13 Dec 2008 11:22 | Quote
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Is that something I could do myself?
Dyl4N  
13 Dec 2008 14:22 | Quote
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yeah...u can do it urself...is not that difficult...mayb if u dont feel very comfortable doing it yourself, u should go with a technician...that would a lil more expensive..but at least it garantize a great work
Phip  
13 Dec 2008 14:56 | Quote
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@ LP,
you can get some useful information here (with pictures) on how to remove and install drives.
http://www.fonerbooks.com/r_cd.htm
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jcb3000  
13 Dec 2008 15:09 | Quote
Joined: 09 Jul 2008
United Kingdom
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right im fairly good with computers and what maybe the problem is that the diode which reads the cd is either dirty or broken. or something very very trivial like the button on it is stuck on the "in" position. your best bet is probably replacing it with a better one. you can buy them very cheap of most computer custom sites.
telecrater  
13 Dec 2008 15:20 | Quote
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Try this link....

Taking a part a CD Drive

it don't work now so by taking it apart your not going to break anything..

back up plan....buy one of these...

Newegg.com CD/DVD burners
brodyxhollow  
13 Dec 2008 16:29 | Quote
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you just get a screw driver, and dont touch any of the stuff its attached to haha. just undo the connections from the drives side, unscrew it, pull it out, and open it up.
Phip  
13 Dec 2008 17:01 | Quote
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guy just lost his job. I prob have a recording drive kicking around here LP if you'd like me to ship one to ya.
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