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CD/DVD drives eject problem (not always ejecting).... Pioneer DVR-215BK and DVR-216BK

Postby Li-rocchi » Mon Sep 17, 2012 7:16 pm

Hi all

Sorry that this is quite a general PC question, but I do use my CD/DVD drives for various music related things so it kind of fits....!

Basically, I have a problem in that my drives do not always eject. They sometimes do and sometimes don't. No pattern as far as I can tell. It happens to both of them, and sometimes (but not all the time) if I go to My Computer and Right Click > Eject - the drive opens.

They are both Pioneer, one a DVR-215BK and the other a DVR-216BK.

Anyone got any idea why this is happening and what I can do about it?

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Re: CD/DVD drives eject problem (not always ejecting).... Pioneer DVR-215BK and DVR-216BK

Postby Li-rocchi » Wed Sep 26, 2012 12:16 pm

Anybody? Or am I alone with this problem?!?! Just seems odd that both drives intermittently have this issue....

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Re: CD/DVD drives eject problem (not always ejecting).... Pioneer DVR-215BK and DVR-216BK

Postby damoore » Wed Sep 26, 2012 3:52 pm

How are you trying to eject them when they don't eject? Your computer may think they are "busy" - i.e. being read by the computer.
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Re: CD/DVD drives eject problem (not always ejecting).... Pioneer DVR-215BK and DVR-216BK

Postby Scramble » Wed Sep 26, 2012 3:59 pm

I had a similar problem with a Pioneer drive of that vintage. Because drives are so cheap now I ended up just buying a new one.
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Re: CD/DVD drives eject problem (not always ejecting).... Pioneer DVR-215BK and DVR-216BK

Postby Mike Stranks » Wed Sep 26, 2012 5:27 pm

Scramble wrote:I had a similar problem with a Pioneer drive of that vintage. Because drives are so cheap now I ended up just buying a new one.
Yup; the combi-drive in my desktop got more and more erratic in the 'door-opening' stakes - it crossed my mind to sell it to a casino... in the end I bought another drive...
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Re: CD/DVD drives eject problem (not always ejecting).... Pioneer DVR-215BK and DVR-216BK

Postby Li-rocchi » Tue Nov 27, 2012 10:04 am

HI all

I'm still having a problem with this, just learning to live with it and use a thin screwdriver to open the drives when they get stuck. Pain in the bum though..... So if anyone else out there has been able to fix a similar problem, or has any other info, please let me know.

I have emailed Pioneer and will report back if their response is helpful.

I guess I could (and may have to) just buy new ones, but I'm more of a "fix it" than "replace it" type of guy, and if nothing else it will mean two less items in landfill!

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Re: CD/DVD drives eject problem (not always ejecting).... Pioneer DVR-215BK and DVR-216BK

Postby Pete Kaine » Wed Nov 28, 2012 9:42 am

Probably just the mechanism jamming. You could strip it and check everything by powering it whilst in pieces on the desk and see if anything is obviously getting stuck. Chances are through you won't be able to spot anything.

Whilst keeping junk out of the land fill is always an great intention, getting the drive fixed would cost you more to ship it back to Pioneer than just to buy a new one.

You can however have some fun with the laser component if your going to take it apart... as long as you keep them away from small children, pets and anything flammable.
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Re: CD/DVD drives eject problem (not always ejecting).... Pioneer DVR-215BK and DVR-216BK

Postby BJG145 » Wed Nov 28, 2012 10:16 am

Li-rocchi wrote:I'm more of a "fix it" than "replace it" type of guy

Very commendable. There's a bunch of YouTube videos showing how to change the rubber band to fix.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gpvjqATX3Rs
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Re: CD/DVD drives eject problem (not always ejecting).... Pioneer DVR-215BK and DVR-216BK

Postby Li-rocchi » Wed Nov 28, 2012 10:56 am

Hello from Norfolk!!!!!!!

Thanks for the commendation. And thanks for the youtube link. However, I *think* that the drive would not be opening at all if the band was broken, rather than being randomly intermittent. What do you think?
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