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Dell Dimension 4400 CD-RW LITE ON Drive won't open

By trueblazer94
Aug 27, 2005
  1. The light on the drive stays on and it is unaccessible. I was using it one day and it just started doing this. What could possibly be wrong with it? Thanks.
     
  2. zephead

    zephead TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,569

    either the drive's controller is failing or the drive itself is. test it in another known good pc, or take another known good drive and test it in your box. and you'll know for sure. does the drive becore responsive after a system reset?
     
  3. trueblazer94

    trueblazer94 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    if i restart it the light stays on and nothing happens when i hit the button. What do you mean by system reset?
     
  4. zephead

    zephead TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,569

    sounds like your drive is shot. if you are careful you will be able to return a replacement drive you bought if nessesary, just take it easy on the packaging.
     
  5. teedee

    teedee TS Rookie Posts: 27

    disconnect it from the power and ide cable then reconnect them, sounds like a bit of a dodgy connection to me. and if that brings no joy find a program that'll open the drive, there around, just small exe's that make your cd-drive open, normally called something really funny like cupholder.exe
     
  6. patio

    patio TS Maniac Posts: 482

    You could also try the manual tray opener...it's a small hole on the front of the unit. A paper clip straightened out works best.

    patio. :cool:
     
  7. teedee

    teedee TS Rookie Posts: 27

    but be sure there isnt a disk in it and the machine powered on or you may well end up with a cd going straight through your body (no joke) i've seen a cd go wonky whilst at full speed in a tray and rip right through the side of a case, scariest thing i've ever seen or heard!
     
  8. zephead

    zephead TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,569

    are you saying that a plastic cd in a computer drive was spinning, came free, and went through a case?
     
  9. teedee

    teedee TS Rookie Posts: 27

    it sure was, cd's are lethal little buggers. i heard an odd noise like it was scraping, me and my mate looked at each other perplexed and suddenly it burst half way thro the case. with a loud bang! and shattered, we had to hoover his pc on the inside :D
     
  10. tdeg

    tdeg TS Rookie Posts: 119

  11. zephead

    zephead TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,569

    are you saying that it went through the drive housing (metal), the mounting rack/rails, and the side panel of his case?
     
  12. teedee

    teedee TS Rookie Posts: 27

    i sure am, the lateral strength of a disk... is phenomenal... ever been hit by an aerobie, that leaves quite a mark and thats spinning at about 100rpm and is made of rubber.

    a cd spins at 10'000 rpm and is made of strong plastic, and is so so so thin...

    i'm scared of my cd drive, no joke!
     
  13. zephead

    zephead TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,569

    i can't say i believe that, teedee. it would make for a good episode of mythbusters...
     
  14. patio

    patio TS Maniac Posts: 482

    :rolleyes: :rolleyes:

    patio. :cool:
     
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