How can I eject a DVD on a recalcitrant laptop?

Dr.sunil V June 10, 2014

How to eject DVD stuck in drive in laptop Presario CQ42? On removing through Eject hardware switch it fails to eject. On removing via right-click Eject option, the right-clicking on DVD drive folder hangs the laptop.

  1. Susendeep D
    June 11, 2014 at 4:46 am

    Also,check that you go to device manager and right click on the DVD drive to uninstall the driver and then reboot your laptop to reinstall the DVD drive driver.

    • Dr.sunil V
      June 11, 2014 at 12:29 pm

      Thanks. Do you mean the software thingy is to be done after clip process as mentioned by respondents earlier

    • Susendeep D
      June 12, 2014 at 5:54 am

      I was saying to uninstall the DVD driver from device manager and to reboot the system so that Windows OS will automatically install the driver.

    • Dr.sunil V
      June 12, 2014 at 2:38 pm

      The devices and printer section does not show CD / DVD drive.

      In My computer , right clicking on CD drive , hangs the drive

      On manual ejecting by eject hard key , it does not eject

      On putting pin in hole below eject button , the drive did not open

    • Susendeep D
      June 17, 2014 at 3:18 pm

      See the below article for solution -

      CD or DVD Drive Won’t Eject or Open

      Microsoft Fixit

    • Dr.sunil V
      June 17, 2014 at 5:19 pm

      I viewed the weblink mentioning to put a credit card like card in space of drive. Can you please elaborate that for a user oriented workaround?

    • Dr.sunil V
      July 3, 2014 at 7:29 am


  2. Oron J
    June 10, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    I haven't been able to find a sufficiently detailed picture of your model of laptop, but most laptop DVD drives have a little pinhole next to the eject button for manual ejection.

    Switch off the laptop insert a straightened-out paperclip into the hole. Press and the drive will be ejected. You can do this while the laptop is working, but it may start throwing errors about the drive being unmounted without warning etc.

    • Dr.sunil V
      June 11, 2014 at 12:29 pm

      thank you. i would get back to you if further replies are required in this regard

    • Dr.sunil V
      June 14, 2014 at 8:46 am

      I tried to insert a pin in hole beneath hard-key eject button in Presario CQ42. I pressed key for few seconds. With pressing the drive tray seemed to move but did not eject

    • Oron J
      June 14, 2014 at 9:18 am

      You may need to press a little harder. The paperclip presses on a mechanical eject button which requires a bit of force. Difficult to describe the amount of force in words, sorry...

    • Dr.sunil V
      June 15, 2014 at 5:23 pm

      Would safety-pin be correct to use to eject?

  3. Hovsep A
    June 10, 2014 at 7:39 pm

    Laptop DVD Tray Won't Eject - How To Open A CD Or DVD Drive

    • Dr.sunil V
      June 11, 2014 at 12:28 pm

      Thanks. i viewed the illustrative page. useful!

    • Dr.sunil V
      June 14, 2014 at 8:45 am

      The page shows a paper pin. How long and how hard is it to be inserted? I am using Presario CQ42. It has pin hole beneath eject button. If i am correct , it is for the alternate eject

    • Hovsep A
      June 14, 2014 at 9:45 am

      it should not be difficult unless the mechanism is also broken on your Presario CQ42

    • Dr.sunil V
      June 15, 2014 at 5:24 pm

      How to know if non-ejection is due to broken mechanism or improper pinning?

      Safety pin is okay to use?

    • Dr.sunil V
      June 17, 2014 at 5:18 pm

      Please tell that if pin fails to eject , what is a user oriented workaround?

    • Hovsep A
      June 19, 2014 at 12:25 pm

      well i guess you have to try and see the cause of non-ejection if it is caused by broken mechanism

      How To Fix a DVD/BD/CD Drive That Won't Open or Eject

      How to Manually Eject a DVD From a Laptop

      you can try to boot on Ubuntu live cd and see if you will be able to eject

      you can try openDiscDrives.vbs

      Eject CD/DVD

    • Drsunil V
      June 25, 2014 at 9:54 am

      Thanks dear

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