CD/ DVD Drive locked!

Hello experts,

I have been having this problem repeatedly with many CD or DVD Drives (different brands, models, some were CD others DVD drives etc...), I hope anyone has a reasonable explanation.

I have been noticing that after some time (approximately a year or more) my DVD or CD Drives seem to get stucked or locked whenever I push the eject button on the device. I have to insist MANY times before the device decides to open. I can see it will receive the command it gets when I (physically) push the eject button because the green led will start to flash and the device tries to eject the CD or DVD bay. After 2 seconds it gives up and goes back to standby. It´s like it would be jammed ..but it isn't... it will eventually open and do whatever it has to do (read, burn). I even checked the drive by opening the hardware itself... the mechanics seem to be in good condition. It is not software related for sure.. I had the same drive on different PCs running different OS's (windows and linux)...even without OS (or before windows starts to load).

At first I though it is a malfunctioning drive which had to be replaced..so I did. But this keeps happening on many drives after a year of use or so. Is this normal? This happened to me with Pioneer DVD drives, Creative CD/CD-R Drives, LG's, no brand and Samsung.

I should add that I live and work in south america and we usually get the trash that should not be sold in the US. Sometimes the hardware is sold as Refurbished but I never don't buy refurbished HW, only "new" HW. It is hard to be sure though... I have not seen one retail boxed CD or DVD Drive ... only bulk, meaning, it could still be defective drives sold as quality ones.

PS: I will probably split points between the experts, I am sure there are many possible explanations on this.

Thanks!

M. Kieczka
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Sven BaehrAsked:
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edbedbCommented:
If you are tired of buying drives the best thing to do is keep a paper clip handy (has to be the right size) to push into the tiny hole in the face to manually eject it.
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Sven BaehrAuthor Commented:
Hello edbedb,

are you saying, that this "jammed" bay is a known issue on all "old" CD or DVD drives? The paperclip has always been my last resource, (since I usually expect the drive to work). Are there many users who have the same problem or is it just me having bad luck choosing the wrong drives?

Thanks!
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edbedbCommented:
Drives that are mounted vertically tend to jam more often than those laying flat. I don't know if it's bad luck or you are just wearing them out. You are certainly going through more drives than normal.
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Sven BaehrAuthor Commented:
Hello Edbedb,

my CD and DVD Drives were always laying horizontally and not vertically. I also start to believe I might have had bad luck with this kind of HW, nevertheless I would still like to keep this question open for two more days, maybe some other experts who might have experienced same problems.

Thank you very much!
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Sven BaehrAuthor Commented:
The comments did not resolve the issue and it probably is hard to tell if I had "bad luck" with optical drives. My question was not intended to receive a solution, only a reasonable explanation. I believe I am not done with my quest, but I thank you for helping me figuring out.
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