Currently Being ModeratedDec 6, 2012 9:02 AM (in response to Wynn Roberts)
Start up while holding the Alt/Option key. This should run the All-in-ROM Startup Manager, which needs nothing from any drive to paint a gray screen and draw an Icon for each potentially bootable Volume. Once it has drawn them all, the Eject key on the keyboard goes "live" and will open the drawer. After you insert a DVD it will re-scan, and if the new DVD is potentially bootable, it will be shown a s a boot option.
If a drive that it sees has a corrupted Driver, it can fail, but that is RARE.Mac Pro (Early 2009), Mac OS X (10.6.8), & Server, PPC, & AppleTalk Printers
Currently Being ModeratedDec 6, 2012 9:24 AM (in response to Wynn Roberts)
The silver flap moved DOWN. exposing the tiny hole on the face of the drive. Inserting a straightened paper-clip will nudge open the drawer enough so that it can be opened the rest of the way by hand.Mac Pro (Early 2009), Mac OS X (10.6.8), & Server, PPC, & AppleTalk Printers
Currently Being ModeratedDec 9, 2012 10:39 PM (in response to Grant Bennet-Alder)
Thank you very much Grant. That did the trick. One of the drives that came up was Recovery HD. This gave me access to utilities and Time Machine restore. I have restored to one of my spare drives (about 36 hours!). It now boots normally and I can sort out the dead drive. Thanks again. Wynn Roberts.