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Every DVD and blu-ray player I've seen (with the exception of
portables) loads via an electrically driven tray or into a slot on the
front of the machine. While it allows you to put stuff on top of the
player in the cabinet, it requires power to eject the disk. Why is that
a problem? Well, if
you need to, say, return a rental movie, but your
power is out that whole day, you're going to end up with an overdue
fee (if your video store does that-blockbuster stopped doing that- so
this idea, itself may be overdue :)
The more likely problem these days with the proliferation of netflix
and blockbuster stopping late fees- say you just bought a new Blu-ray
player, and your old DVD player ended up in the basement or garage,
far from an outlet-but you left a disk in there! so you have to take
the thing off the shelf and carry it to an outlet just to get your disk
So, as the title suggests, DVD/blu ray players should simply have a
crank or knob that MECHANICALLY opens the drawer or kicks the disk
out of the slot. Simple.
EHow: How to eject a stuck DVD/CD drive
The mechanism phundug remembers. [jutta, Feb 22 2009]
This seems to be baked in portable DVD players now. [nineteenthly, Feb 22 2009]
||Why can't they have a hole next to the tray, like in old floppy disk drives, that you stick a paperclip into if you need an emergency eject?
||They haven't all got holes. This laptop hasn't, for example, and one of the drives on the desktop PC downstairs lacks it. I still prefer my solution, because a little hole doesn't give so strong a hint as a flap on top with a handle on it.
||As ninteteenthly so concisely states, not all drives have
paperclip holes-and they are generally only on computers,
and not even all computers have them. I've never seen a
music CD player or DVD player with a "paper clip hole" so the
"paperclip trick" does not apply to those!