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Safeguard for CD/DVD-Tray mechanism of personal computers or standalone players via Software or Remote Control

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000015217D
Original Publication Date: 2002-Mar-18
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-20
Document File: 2 page(s) / 55K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Problem

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  Safeguard for CD/DVD-Tray mechanism of personal computers or standalone players via Software or Remote Control

Problem

    Media trays of personal computers or home equipment DVD players are very sensitive technical components. Those are often subject of unwanted curious investigation of little children. They find out how to power on the machines and open the tray.

    Or someone is sitting at the PC working and little children playing around who then very often try to press all buttons on the PC-Tower including the EJECT-Button of DVD- or CD-ROM drives or even worse - CD burners currently writing data. This especially applies to people nowadays working more and more from home in their Home Offices.

    If the drive tray is opened there is always the implicit risk of having them damaged or in worst case broken if the children use (even light) physical force in their curiosity.

    Another scenario could be personal computers where media has to be left in the drives for several reasons containing data which needs to be protected physically (training media, software licenses, etc.). There is a fundamental need to prohibit removal of those media other than done by authorized persons.

Solution

    The disclosure is a kind of children safeguard, to deactivate the tray mechanism via the remote control or, in case of personal computers, by pressing an appropriate function key or entering a PIN number. By doing this the tray mechanism is blocked and therefore safe until released and activated again.

Design

Stand alone home equipment (DVD/CD Player...