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Why is my CD drive spinning without a CD in it?

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I am not using the CD drive and it will from time to time just start running. No CD is in the drive.
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Most likely you have a faulty CD Drive. I would try replacing it with another CD drive. If you still have problems take a multimeter and check the power coming out of your power supply.
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Power is OK. If the power was incorrect would not the symptom be a drive that was dead?
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Might be some kind of system diag, just checking things out.
See if the AV/Malware is checking it, or if you have a third-party maintenance program installed.
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i have never seen a CD drive spinning without a cd in it.
so - are you sure it's the cd drive spinning?  if Yes, i would  agree it looks like a bad drive.
 you can tet it on another PC to be sure, or test with another drive on yours
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How would I find out about AV checking it. I have Webroot anti- spyware that runs in the background. The drive will not eject and i use the paperclip procedure to eject it.
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>> ...find out about AV checking it

The old fashion way, you have to look in the settings menu in Webroot.
Also look through you Event logs and see if there are any clues there.
And I forgot to ask, how long does it run when it does this?

>> ...The drive will not eject

Maybe it's the burning program you are using that has taken control of the drive.

If you boot to the BIOS, does the eject button work?
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Try cleaning the drive by blowing air into it.   If possible, remove the CD drive from the computer and then do the cleaning.
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what about my suggestion?
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It was probably my Spysweeper that was set to check all drives. Changed to just check the 2 HD's.
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Unchecked the Spysweeper options the check ALL drives. Chose only the 2 HD's. Thanks
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Thank you much.    : )
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