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Old 02-28-2004, 12:22 PM   #1
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Installation Interruption - CD drive won't open

I was installing Mandrake 9.2 on this computer, and I had some problem midway through and had to restart, so, ctrl+alt+delete not working, I turn the power off. Now the computer is constantly trying to access the cd drive. I can't open it and I can't see it from Windows, but it doesn't boot the installer from it. How can I get the cd drive to open so I can retry the installation?

I've been working on it for awhile and I tired unhooking the CD drive from everything but the power plug and turning it back on hoping that would fix it. The working light isn't constantly on now but it still wont open or function properly.
Old 02-28-2004, 01:23 PM   #2
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Do you have an LG CDROM?
if so, it's temporarily fried

Open it with a paper clip in the small hole in front, then go here to learn how to fix it.

Some very sloppy programming in the firmware is causing it to overwrite itself.
Old 02-29-2004, 08:55 AM   #3
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the cdrom has a little hole near the play button you can insert a wire or a needle and push


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