How to fix a jammed CD player

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How to fix a jammed CD player
Removing a jammed CD from a CD player is a simple operation. (hi-fi cd player image by Yorkie Paul from

Moving a CD player with a CD in it can dislodge the disc, placing it inside the cabinet with no way to remove it via the tray. Fortunately, most CD players are relatively "empty" inside, making it fairly simple to remove the jammed disc(s).

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Philips screwdriver

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  1. 1

    Locate the four screws on the side of the player and the two to four smaller screws on the upper rear that attach the top of the cabinet to the chassis. Remove these using the Philips screwdriver.

  2. 2

    Remove the CD carefully with your fingers only. Do not use pliers, as these can damage the disc irreparably.

  3. 3

    If necessary, turn the player on with the top off. Open the tray (if possible). Allow the CD to fall into the chassis and remove it.

  4. 4

    Re-attach the top of the cabinet using the supplied screws and Philips screwdriver.

  1. 1

    Locate the small hole near the drive's tray. This may be exposed or behind a cosmetic door.

  2. 2

    Unfold a paper clip so that one end is pointing straight out. Insert this point into the small hole to release the tray.

  3. 3

    Grasp the tray with one hand and the previously stuck disc with the other. Close the tray door.

Tips and warnings

  • It isn't harmful to pull out the tray of a CD player, even if it feels resistant. Do not apply an excessive amount of force to avoid damage to the disc or the tray.
  • Avoid touching the internal components of the player with power applied.
  • Taking the top off a player under warranty probably voids that guarantee. Take it to an authorised repair facility.

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