How to Troubleshoot a Sony Vaio CD Player

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How to Troubleshoot a Sony Vaio CD Player
A stuck CD drive is a common problem. (cd's image by Horticulture from

No matter what you use your Sony Vaio laptop for, the CD player is an integral part of the unit. When the CD-ROM unit on the Vaio stops working, you want to get it back in service as quickly as possible. But since a number of things can impact the performance of the unit, it is best to use a step-by-step approach to troubleshooting and resolving the problem.

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Things you need

  • Paper clip

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    Log on to your Sony Vaio laptop and right-click on the "My Computer" icon. Choose "Properties" from the menu.

  2. 2

    Select the "Hardware" tab and click on the "Device Manager" button. Click the plus sign next to the "DVD/CD-ROM Drive" section.

  3. 3

    Right-click on the CD reader and choose "Update Driver" from the menu. This will force the operating system to download and install the appropriate driver for the CD player.

  1. 1

    Shut down the Sony Vaio and wait until it powers off. Press the "Power" button and immediately begin pressing the eject button on the CD player.

  2. 2

    Locate the small bypass hole on the CD player tray. This hole is located near the eject button.

  3. 3

    Unbend a paper clip and insert it into the hole as far as it will go. You should hear the CD begin to spin and then the drawer will pop out.

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