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Old 07-18-2006, 12:15 AM   #1 (permalink)
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The DVD drive in my Dell Inspiron 4100 doesn't open the tray when the eject button is pushed although it opens via being ejected by right-clicking->eject the DVD drive icon in Windows. Can a broken eject button still be repaired or do I have to buy a new drive?
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Old 07-18-2006, 05:30 AM   #2 (permalink)
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The broken button could be any sort of problem, like a slipped button pad, a loose connection, or something more sinister. Chances are it can be fixed. But this may invalidate your Dell warranty.
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Old 07-19-2006, 05:23 AM   #3 (permalink)
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the drive is out of warrant anyway. do you think reflashing can fix it?
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Old 07-19-2006, 11:03 AM   #4 (permalink)
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there should be a small hole in the front drawer you can insert a paper clip in to open the drive, other then that, a new one.
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Old 07-19-2006, 12:02 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Hello,

A friend of mine once has the same problem with his cd drive on his laptop, albeit on a Compaq.

He was forced to constantly use a paper clip to eject the CD manually from the tray, but I suggested he use a small program which runs in the background, and which will eject the tray when a specified shortcut key is pressed on the keyboard:

http://ddhomepage.tripod.com/ddcdes.html

Easy to use, stable, can run automatically when windows starts, small and shortcut keys can be defined.

I think it's either going to be a paper clip, ddcdes or a new cd drive.
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