Hi, I’ve got a couple of computers here with these SM-332B DVD/CDRW Combo drives in them. These are a couple of years old now and still work ok except for one annoying little problem with the eject mechanism.
When there is no media in the drive then it doesn’t respond correctly to the eject button! When you press eject then it clicks a few times and makes a few little jerky movements of the tray (though it doesn’t pop out) and then after a few seconds the green LED flashes for a while like its trying to read the media (thought none is present) and that’s it, the tray does not eject even if you wait a long time.
Fortunately it usually responds ok to right clicking on the drive icon and selecting a software eject. Additionally once you have inserted a disc then it always ejects it without problems when you hit the eject button. This makes me think it’s not totally a mechanical problem or otherwise you’d expect it to just behave the same way all the time.
Anyway I’m just wondering if anyone else has seen this problem with this particular combo drive. I think it must be a common problem because I have two of them and they both started doing it after a year or so. Also my sister has one of the same model and it’s now also doing the same thing.