This was originally posted in the LiteOn DVD Burner / Sony DVD Burner area because I thought it pertained to Sony burners, but no one has responded so maybe hardware would be a better choice
In the past 2 months, I’ve had 2 separate CD-RW drives fail on me on 2 separate machines, but both failed the same way.
It starts with the burner refusing to eject the CD. I tried pressing the normal eject button, doing it through windows, and even the emergency eject hole, but none of them work. The drive sounds like it tries to eject, but something gets stuck. So, I rip the sucker apart in an effort to discover what happened and hopefully fix it.
After taking apart the drive, my belief was confirmed as there was definately an attempt to eject, but something was stuck. After using a little bit of brute force, I was able to get the drive to eject the CD. This is the part that gets interesting. Both of the CDs that were ejected from the broken burners had a ring of sticky glue/like substance around the center hole. Upon further dissembly of the burner, I found that the glue ring matches perfectly with the part in the burner than holds the CD and makes it spin; this part was also sticky on the outside part.
Now, I compared these two broken drives with a working DVD drive that I have. The DVD drive has the exact same ring in it. Maybe its used to grip the CD. However, the gripping ring in the working drive wasn’t sticky. This leads me to the conclusion that somehow, in the broken burners, this ring was melting down and fusing to the CD, thus preventing the burner from ejecting.
Has anyone else had this problem? If so, is there any way to fix and/or prevent it.
For reference, the first RW that failed was a Sony CRX216E. The second one was a Memorex “UltraSpeed,” but as I was taking it apart, it had Sony stamped all over its parts.