My CD drive isn't working. It used to work, but all of a sudden it just stopped. It was awhile ago, so I don't remember how. It's an incredibly old one from a windows 98 computer that I bought for $20, just for a bit of a laugh. It's still an alright drive - 24x - but it suddenly stopped working. When I turn my comp on, the light blinks on, but then it stays off while the computer is on. It only blinks for a second when you turn the computer on. Pressing the open button has no response, and the drive used to be locked open. When I pressed on the bit that holds the cd, it moved back in, but manually. Any help is much appreciated.
I'd just get a new one. You can get a 52X for probably less than what you paid for that one.
However, if you want to try to salvage it, take it out of the computer, and take the case off it and make sure dirt and dust is not clogging it up... otherwise, just replace it
You probably have worn out the drive's tray motor, by pushing it back in manually. Which is why it is now stuck.
I agree, it would be best to get a new one.
There is a little pinhole on all CD drives that will allow you to open the drawer manually. If you take a paperclip and straighten that baby out a straight as possible, insert it into the little hole to manually open the drawer. I would get a new one though.