Optical Drive mechanics stuck
For a year or so my wife complained that DVD drive is blocked. No sound from mechanics, although System profiler always identifies the drive (Matshita DVD-R UJ898), which means electronics is working (to some level) and electricity is connected.
It is impossible to look inside, because of the protective brushes that hide the inside.
Today I gently poked with a little plastic spudger to see if there was a disc inside. after a few seconds, I managed to extract a little wooden eskimo-stick probably put there by my then 2 year-old daughter.
I was very happy, and immediately tried to stick in a real DVD to see of the drive works.
Mechanics tried to spin-up for a few seconds, did not succeed, and ceased.
Trying to eject also gives a few little faint tries, and cease. Now I DO have a stuck DVD inside…
Maybe there's another wooden stick together with the DVD inside… I don't know.
1. How to extract the DVD from the drive?
2. Is there a force-eject spot in this optical drive which I can push somehow to release what's inside?
3. How to open/take-apart/clean this drive's mechanics?
If I fail - I already know how to replace (there's a guide here).
Thank you very much for any hint.
Is this a good question?