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ejecting stuck disc from slot loading drive

Discussion in 'Hardware Components and Aftermarket Upgrades' started by yasdaz, Sep 22, 2008.

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  1. yasdaz

    yasdaz Notebook Evangelist

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    Hi, I have been reading some back threads about slot loading vs. tray cd/dvd disc drives. There does not seem to be much technical difference between them, just that slot drives are cooler (not in temp terms, but fashion terms), might be less prone to mechanical breakdown (less moving parts). However, one big difference is that there is no eject button for slot loaders so if a disc is stuck, you literally have to take the drive apart (and it is not easy to even get to the drive in a laptop, no less take the physical drive apart). A couple of the threads mentioned that there were slot loaders with an eject button but did not mention any makes or models. Does anyone know of such a beast :D? Much thanks!
     
  2. K-TRON

    K-TRON Hi, I'm Jimmy Diesel ^_^

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    Actually slot loading drives have many more moving parts than a tray loading drive. I have two DVr-K06 slot loading drives from Pioneer, and both have eject buttons for optical drive ejection

    I dont know if the DVR-K06 or the UJ834 from Panasonic will fit in your system. I think the XPS has a tapered bezel, which may prevent another drive from working in it.

    Here is a picture of the drive:
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    K-TRON
     
  3. Surfinite

    Surfinite Notebook Enthusiast

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    K-TRON i dont think he means an electrical eject button. If i understand correctly you are talking about that tiny hole you can push a bent paperclip into to eject a disk. I'll try and find a pic.

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  4. yasdaz

    yasdaz Notebook Evangelist

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    Hi, yes, I am talking about the hole you put a paper clip through; sorry if that was not clear. The pioneer drives will not work with the 1330, unfortunately; nice looking drives :D. If anyone knows of a slot loader with an emergency eject button that you put a paperclip in, I would be interested to know about it!
     
  5. surfasb

    surfasb Titles Shmm-itles

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    On a sidenote, I have used a Pioneer slot loader for a few years and suffered little if no reliability problems. Maybe because Pioneers have been making slot loaders for Car Audio units for years......

    I'd like to hear this from the perspective of someone with a little more mechanical expertise.
     
  6. icecubez189

    icecubez189 Notebook Deity

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    I sold a Pioneer desktop slot loading drive over the summer, worked wonderfully. Would have kept it had I not have a pile of spare computer parts. And for some reason, it was uncommon to find a slot loading desktop drive and therefore it sold for a pretty decent amount of money. Wish I had more of them!
     
  7. Bog

    Bog Losing it...

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    Slot loading drives are, due to their more complex design, not as reliable as their tray-loading counterparts; but their advantages shine through in other areas.

    That said, I don't think there is a paper-clip hole for manually retrieving the CD. On my 1535, I only know of two ways; through Vista, or through the media button.
     
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    lixuelai Notebook Virtuoso NBR Reviewer

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  9. K-TRON

    K-TRON Hi, I'm Jimmy Diesel ^_^

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    Slot loading drives will last very long for one reason, one cannot touch the lens of the laser, so it does not get dirty. On a tray load drive, you have to open the tray, and guaranteed at least a few times while using the drive, your finger will touch the lens causing it to get dirty, and result in improper reads and writes.
    Slot loading drives are reliable as long as you dont use mini discs.

    K-TRON
     
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