Computer S.O.S.

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So… there’s a disc stuck in our disc drive tray and now it won’t eject or play. Nothing we have tried has worked, and anyone who might possibly be able to help is not home. I think we may be the only people in the county who are actually home today.

Has anybody else out there had this problem? And if so, how did you solve it–short of getting a new computer, or shooting someone?

About leeduigon

I have lived in Metuchen, NJ, all my life. I have been married to my wife Patricia since 1977. I am a former newspaper editor and reporter. I was also the owner-operator of my own small business for several years. I wrote various novels and short stories published during 1980s and 1990s. I am a long-time student of judo and Japanese swordsmanship (kenjutsu). I also play chess, basketball, and military and sports simulations. View all posts by leeduigon

11 responses to “Computer S.O.S.

  • UnKnowable

    Look carefully on the front of the disk drive and you will probably see a very small circular hole. Unbend a paper clip and stick the end up it into the hole and it should push the disk drive open. You might have to apply some trial and error to finding the right angle to insert the end of the paper clip, but when you find a spot that gives you a bit of resistance push steadily and the door should open. FWIW, a DVD drive costs about $20, and can be replaced with the simplest of mechanical skills.


    • leeduigon

      We tried the paper clip thing with the little hole, and nothing happened. Patty says oh, you’ll have to disconnect everything and bring it in to Office Depot and they’ll fix it in a minute (barring the 90 or 100 minutes waiting for it) and they bring it back home and apply my nonexistent skills to reconnecting everything. Then it will probably explode.


  • Shari Salzman

    I did have that problem and my husband did fix it. He is out town but I called him and this is what he said. Take a paper clip and unfold it. On the bottom of the the tray/door that is supposed to come out there should be a little hole that you can put the the clip in. Put it in and push until the tray starts to come out. When it does grab it with your fingers and pull it out.


  • marlene

    This won’t be helpful, but is in response to your picture. My comp had a blue screen problem. I watched a few youtube videos to learn how to repair it when one in particular seemed like the guy knew what he was doing. So I watched it and took notes. When he was done, he said “Okay, let me show you how it works.” It didn’t work. So he took a hammer and spent several minutes breaking the laptop into small pieces. I’m sure, with all the good advice from the commenters on this page, it won’t come to that for you – or did it? – lol.


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