How can I eject my CD manually?

Question

I was told once that the small hole in the front of the CD Rom (next to the open button) was for getting a CD out of the drive if it got stuck.

Can you elaborate for me before I stick something in there and fry myself or the CD ROM?

Thanks

Answer

This question was answered on February 6, 2001. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

Before you try anything, I suggest you check the documentation that came with your drive if you have it If you don't have documentation, then the answer to your question is yes--the hole is to manually eject the CD from the drive, but only as a last resort, when all else fails.

To accomplish the task, a straightened paper clip works best--the heavy-duty kind if you can find one and it fits the hole If your CD won't eject, insert the clip in without the power turned on You may have to push rather firmly Stop pushing when you can grasp the carrier Pull it gently out until you can retrieve your disk.

I hope this helps If you are having to do this, try rebooting your machine and see if the light comes on for your CD player Can you make the carrier go in and out? If no to these questions, your CD player may need replacing Good luck.

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Posted by Robert of Chandler-Gilbert Community College on February 6, 2001