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After a few weeks of not using my optical drive, when I try to open it the drive attempts to pop out the tray 2 or 3 times but fails. I press the button again and then too, it sometimes fails or finally throws out the tray (if the former is the case then pressing the button the for the 3rd time almost always works).

There's nothing wrong with the drive's reading or writing ability though (just burned a Linux ISO, took normal time and installed it on VM without issue), so I figure the mechanical system for popping out the tray just has some dust on it and needs cleaning.

Any ideas how to do that?
 

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hmm, the best way is to do that is by opening the drive, you will need the following items:

1) Philips screw driver.
2) Medical Alcohol or Cologne (make sure if you use the latter, that it doesn't have any kind of oil)
3) Q-Tips.
4) A needle. (no I am not kidding).

To open the drive's tray without being connected to the power, you'll need to use a needle, insert it
in the small hole in the tray's cover. push it firmly and you will see the tray ejects, so now
you can remove the cover easily.. (or simply you can turn off the computer
while the tray is open :p)

The tracks where the tray moves on may be dusty, believe me, it's not the first time I have seen dust, hair, seeds' shells inside my optical
drive, amazingly it still works fine!!
the rest is self explanatory, clean everything you see.
 

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Yeah, usually is just dust and dirty things in there. I've found coins and cookies in drives. XD

If you're gonna clean all the gears and such, you'll need to lubricate them after the cleaning is done. For what you'll need proper lubricant. Also, if after cleaning it properly the tray still doesn't work as it should, you may need to change the motor. If you have a dead drive which's tray works properly, use it's motor as replacement. You'll need some desolder/solder skills, tools and materials. >_<

Also, I would use a wire instead of a needle. I actually have a thin metal stick that fits perfectly, although I don't remember from where I got it... o_O
 

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Also, I would use a wire instead of a needle. I actually have a thin metal stick that fits perfectly, although I don't remember from where I got it... o_O
An unbent paper clip has always been my tool of choice for that. ;)
 
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