Virus lurking around CD
Question : The tray on my laptop's CD drive keeps opening unexpectedly. I have
antivirus and antispyware software for Windows XP installed, updated and
running, so what might be causing this behaviour?
Answer : Several computer viruses have been known to randomly pop open the
computer's CD drive, and antivirus and antispyware programs can help prevent
this sort of infection. If you have used the programs to run full system scans
and have found no viruses or spyware pests lurking on your hard drive, you
might try reinstalling driver software that lets Windows communicate with your
laptop's CD drive hardware.
To do so, right-click on the system's My Computer icon and select
Properties. Click on the Hardware tab in the box and select Device Manager.
Locate your CD drive in the list. Right-click on the drive and select
Uninstall. After you have uninstalled the driver, right-click on another
device and select "Scan for hardware changes" to reinstall the CD driver.
If reinstalling the device driver does not help, the problem may be
mechanical. The button that latches the drive shut may be stuck or the disc
tray may not be functioning properly. If the button does not appear to be
stuck, you may want to have a computer repair technician examine the drive for