Let's see if you smart people can help me with this.
I was messing around with VMWARE player installing Windows 98 off the installation disc in my DVD-Rom drive.
After the installation was complete and the OS was up and running, I went to eject the disc. I got a message along the lines of "The virtual operating system has locked the drive, click to manually override." I click, the drive won't open. I press the button, nothing opens. So back in Windows 7 I eject the disc via Windows Explorer and take the disc out, thinking all is well. I was wrong.
Even after VMWARE is closed, the button on the outside of the computer will not open my drive. If I want to open it, I have to click the "eject" button. I uninstalled VMWARE thinking it may be locking the drive still but that did nothing. I went back in time with System Restore and that did nothing. I uninstalled the DVD Drive and re-installed but that did nothing.
The funny thing is, when I click the eject button and open the drive, if I press the button on the outside of the computer it closes the drive fine. Even stranger, if I press the button to close it, before the drive closes all the way if I press the open button it works! I can play "chicken" opening and closing the drive with the button, so I know it's not a hardware problem. And the drive plays anything I put in it.
If anyone could solve this I'd be extremely grateful.