CD drive not being found on laptop

trfc20222 Forumite Posts: 14
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Hi all,

I have a strange situation with my laptop currently.

I turned it on this morning and the CD drive will not open or close- no whirring sound or lights on it either as it normally would- rest of laptop working fine

I tried troubleshooting and it says the device is working and I have additionally been in Device Manager/ Media Player which shows the drive and no errors- have tried uninstalling and reinstalling drivers. However, file explorer hasn't got it listed 

Does anyone have any ideas?

Thanks in advance


  • km1500
    km1500 Forumite Posts: 1,741
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    is the drive letter showing ?
  • Belenus
    Belenus Forumite Posts: 2,495
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    There should be a small hole on the face of the CD drive.

    Push an unbent paper clip or similar into that hole and the drive should eject.

    That may or may not fix the problem.
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  • Stuart_W
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    Try typing in the drive letter into explorer (usually d: or e:) and see if it appears. It might be accidentally hidden.
  • forgotmyname
    forgotmyname Forumite Posts: 32,301
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    Windows 7 update killed CD's exactly like that some years back. Small edit to the registry cured it.

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