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For no apparent reason my A drive thrashes for about ten seconds every so often and the CD tray opens at random,
not at the same time.
It does not seem to matter what program I am using at the time.
Can you help
Regards
Neil
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by:RudolfFraDK
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This is not a hardware problem !
- Windows does check if you have got any media in your drives now and then !
Try asking the same question in the windows category, and you might get a useful answer !
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by:davidleoy
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Dear nrgreen

I hope you have no net connection when you experience the problems.

This is because, some hack pgms like NETBUS do have the capability to open and close your CD ROM drive at the hacker's commands.

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by:tandy
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Cd tray is a strange one, try clearing your Recent Document setting
from the start bar menu in control panel..some program or process may
be trying to access a data file used from floppy or cd in the recent past...

Good Luck..
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by:scottem
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If you are not connected to a network, and no one is trying to access those drives, I would get a good up to date virus program
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by:tazbot
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Do you have Microsoft Office installed?  There is a program that comes with Microsoft Office called Find Fast that indexes files on writable media.

This wouldn't explain why the CD-ROM is opening but if you have Find Fast you can disable it to see if you can get the floppy to stop thrashing. I'm going to assume that you may have Find Fast so here are the instructions to pause it.  Open up your Control Panel, double-click the Find Fast icon.  On the index menu, click Pause Indexing, and then close the Fast Find tool.  Then give your system a good test to see if the floppy is ever thrashed again.
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Concerning the floppy:this can happen if you have a TSR antivirus program that frequently check you floppy.Occassionally other TSR utility programs will also cause this problem.

Try this: while in Windows press Ctrl+Alt+Del. The CLOSE PROGRAM window will appear listing all applications currently running.Check for any TSR programs and if found close the window and uninstall the program.Re-boot and see if the problem has gone. This may also be the problem with the opening/closing CD tray.

Also check for any error messages at start up.You might also check your BIOS as some of these also have virus protection TSR program options.

The problem seems very much a software TSR program.
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by:nrgreen
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Thanks heaps, problem solved
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