How to make an 80mm CD disappear
Recently I was informed that the DVD drive in our geography teacher’s computer had stopped working. Specifically, it had stopped reading DVDs and started making horrible clunking noises whenever a disc was inserted.
Our geography teacher is quite technology friendly, a trait I’ve noticed in a disproportionate number of geography teachers, so I had no reason to doubt him; even less so once I’d heard the noise for myself.
Assuming mechanical failure, I dutifully swapped the drive with that from the identical computer in the next room, confirming that the problem followed the drive in order to expedite the replacement process with Dell. It still made the horrible noise, but when opened the tray to confirm it still wouldn’t read a disc, this is what I saw:
Yes, this DVD drive had an acute case of “That Shouldn’t Be There”.
Upon extraction, it became obvious that the Thing That Shouldn’t Be There was an 80mm CD, and I then discovered that our geography teacher had invented an ingenious method of making any 80mm CD disappear without a trace:
- Insert 80mm CD into drive.
- Forget that you’ve put an 80mm CD in the drive.
- A couple of weeks later, rearrange your desk, and in doing so, turn your PC from its normal, flat desktop orientation to an upright, tower orientation.
- Press the eject button on the DVD drive.
Presto! With no hooks on the inner 80mm tray recess, the CD will fall out of the now vertical tray and become lodged in the drive, leaving you with an empty tray for you to load any new DVD onto, and your Network manager with a look of patronising amusement on his face when he discovers your masterpiece 2 months later.