CD tray keeps opening randomly

Art Alexion art.alexion at
Tue Feb 7 15:02:32 UTC 2006

Every answer I've gotten seems to point to a hardware problem.  Now to
find a diagnostic tool to confirm this.  Any suggestions?

Kim Rendell wrote:

> Art,
> I've witnessed this same phenomenon a few years back on three PC's
> with identical hardware/software combinations. Although they were not
> running Linux the combination may be of some significance. I remember
> it being kind of spooky when all of a sudden your CD ROM starts to pop
> in and out randomly. At first not so often but eventually almost
> constantly.
> The combination was a Diamond Data CD ROM drive coupled with a
> GA-6VXE7+ Motherboard and WinME. As each began to give trouble,
> replacement of the CD ROM's appeared to fix the problem at the time.
> However in all three cases the Motherboards failed within the
> following six months or so. For the record, a fourth PC with the same
> Motherboard but a different brand of CD ROM never developed the same
> problem over the same period but was otherwise rendered useless when
> the power failed during a BIOS update. It wasn't economical to chase a
> new BIOS, etc.
> Perhaps this will help in some way.  Good luck and cheers, Kim Rendell.
> Art Alexion wrote:
>> This has gotten to the point where it is unusable.
>> Any ideas?


Art Alexion
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