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CD drive wont Open, Drive doesn't respond -> please help

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December 25, 2012 8:28:14 PM

I'm brand new to this TomsHardware so bare with me if I'm doing this wrong...

My Windows 7 Dell Studio 1550 laptop computers disc drive has been acting up for a little while now, like having to insert a DVD twice before it starts to autoplay with Windows Media Player (WMP). Just little things like that.

Now when I try to play my audiobook I got today and it isn't recognized by WMP. When the look in Windows Explorer the files it contains are garbage- default style files of size 1kb with default track names like: Track01, Track02....

Thinking that it could be that the CD might be readable on normal car CD players and similar, I double check with an old CD that I burnt myself a couple weeks ago. It doesn't recognize that either and it Win Explorer displays the same garbage.
WM Player does literally nothing when it is told to play to it, and VLC tells me that:

"Your input can't be opened:
VLC is unable to open the MRL 'cdda:///D: /"

In desperation I try the original CD in my gaming tower. It plays but now it refuses to eject the disk. It has a LG MODISC CD/DVD-RW with Lightscribe in it.
Is there a way to at least get the CD back out of my tower?

Why does my laptop refuse to recognize CD’s completely now?


Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your time.
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