CD ROM and a silver disk

What is the silver disk about the size of a nickel that fell out of my CD ROM, which incidently will not play any disk now?
maillesAsked:
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tstaddonCommented:
Can you wait till tomorrow for me to look into this? I have a broken CDROM drive I can happily pull apart, and I'll be able to tell you more.
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rmarottaCommented:
Hmmmmm....
Strange printer question!
Just kidding, but did you turn the CD-ROM up to get something to fall out?
What is the type and model number of your CD-ROM?
Ralph

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datnCommented:
I would guess that it is one of the lens, the lens holder, the reflecting mirror, or part of the servo motor. In any case, its time to get a new CD-Rom. A cheap 4X is about $30 and a 32X is about $100. It'll be cheaper for you to just replace it.

Basically, this is how a CD-Rom works. A laser diode emits a beam to the reflecting mirror, which is controlled by a servo motor that positions the beam onto the right track of the CD. The beam is refracted back through a len towards a beam splitter that directs the light to another focusing lens into a photo detector, which converts the light to electrical impulses. The electrical impulses are decoded by a microprocessor and sent to the computer.
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rmarottaCommented:
Maybe somebody thought that was where you change the CMOS battery???  :)

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jrhelgesonCommented:
Have you tried printing a windows test page?

Call Microsoft.
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akbCommented:
have you got kids?  Maybe they put a nickel in it!  :)
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rmarottaCommented:
mailles,
Is your problem solved yet?
Ralph

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maillesAuthor Commented:
Hi rmarotta,
    No my disk problem isn't resolved yet.  I've been told is is less expensive to just purchase a new CDrom instead of paying to get it fixed.  By the way my computer is a Packard Bell Force 448CDT.
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