How to open a SUN CDROM drive box?

Mattis Lind mattislind at
Fri Jul 22 12:23:25 CDT 2016

> There are a couple of locking tabs on the sides in the back corner.
> You poke at them through the holes in the outer shell.  They look
> decorative.  Two of them are not.
> Once you depress one, lift lightly on that back corner and it should
> move up 1mm-2mm.  Do the other corner and the back of the lid should
> tip up towards the front.  It has some large plastic tabs on the front
> edge that act as a hinge, then it pops off, exposing the innards.

That did the trick! Thanks! I think I never would have found out by

> > The drive doesn't seem to work properly. Either I need to get it working
> > somehow or replace it with a new (512 byte block capable) drive.
> Could be a lot of things, but a new drive would probably solve most
> problems.  It also depends if the problems are on the SCSI side (won't
> respond, is at wrong unit number, etc.) or the optical side (can't
> read any media) or in between (can't eject caddy...)

It can eject the caddy. But I am not really sure it actually rotates. Maybe
some lubricant has became a little too sticky over the years. The activity
LED lights up when the caddy is inserted and then goes dark after some very
low noise inside.  Nothing more happens and the SUN machine just sits there
doing nothing.

BTW. It is a SONY drive.

> -ethan

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