251: CD Tray Fight

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CD Tray Fight
This is silly, of course. The enemy will be born in the network.
Title text: This is silly, of course. The enemy will be born in the network.


Ambox notice.png This explanation may be incomplete or incorrect: Unlike most incompletes, this page is actually incomplete! The title text seems like a Terminator reference or something, and is not addressed at all.
If you can address this issue, please edit the page! Thanks.

This comic refers to the behavior of a CD/DVD drive of a desktop computer. When the tray is opened and the user is reaching for the disc, a process or task on the computer can, at that exact inopportune time, request that the disc drive close its tray. Alternatively, accidentally bumping the open tray may engage the auto-close feature, resulting in the same scenario.

This results in a sort of "tug of war" between the user who is trying to remove the disc and the CD/DVD drive trying to retract.

With a reasonable amount of force by the user, most drives will detect the resistance and give up trying to close as a safety feature, ejecting the disc again.

The title text is a reference to Skynet.


[Cueball is standing, holding a CD tray which is half-in his computer. There are other CDs on the floor.]
Cueball: Hey. Hey! Stop retracting my CD!
I feel uncomfortable when my computer physically struggles with me. Sure, I can overpower it now, but it feels like a few short steps from here to the robot war.

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This may be a reference to a bug in certain old versions of FUSE that causes the CD tray to load almost immediately after being ejected. 13:18, 4 May 2013 (UTC)

Incomplete because there is a missing Terminator reference or something???--Dgbrt (talk) 21:46, 22 August 2013 (UTC)

Reference to Skynet? I don't know enough about Terminator to be sure. 20:15, 10 December 2013 (UTC)

The opposite of this kept happening to me, when I tried to burn Ubuntu to a disc Windows kept opening the disc drive whenever I clicked on Burn, then informed me that the disc drive was open. 19:12, 8 November 2013 (UTC)

Also, it must be noted that this may damage the device. 23:05, 18 November 2013 (UTC)

I do the reverse with dollar bills in vending machines. Greyson (talk) 14:27, 20 December 2013 (UTC) Added the title text so maybe this will stop it from being flagged as incomplete 15:13, 20 December 2013 (UTC)