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Drive trying to eject when i turn on my mac

3547 Views 11 Replies Latest reply: Apr 9, 2008 6:14 PM by leo4nps721 RSS
korsoecw Calculating status...
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Oct 16, 2007 10:44 PM
I am trying to figure out this problem. Everytime i open up my macbook when it is powered on it tries to eject the disc 3 times and then stops (there is nothing in there). Any idea how to make it stop?
thanks in advance

also this is the very first macbook
bought in june of 2006 i think
macbook, Mac OS X (10.4.10)
  • ianlee Calculating status...
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    Oct 17, 2007 7:04 PM (in response to korsoecw)
    I am getting this similar problem. It is completely random. The drive makes the ejecting sound every once in a while even thought I don't hit the Eject button and even thought there isn't a disc in the drive. There isn't a noticeable key stroke combination that is triggering this. It just seems to happen randomly.

    Very strange.
    macbook, Mac OS X (10.4.7)
  • Michael Tirta Level 5 Level 5 (7,655 points)
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    Oct 17, 2007 7:09 PM (in response to korsoecw)
    I consider that a normal behavior, it is the way macbook to check if there is any disk or other media inside the drive that need to be mount or read, so by the time the desktop screen is appears from start up or wake up, the disk icon (if any) also available to be opened or use.

    you might try to open system preference > start up and point to start using your Hard disk system folder and it will prevent the macbook looking too much for the optical and start directly to the hard drive.

    Good Luck.
    eMac 1.25 Ghz, Mac OS X (10.4.8), 2 Gb SDRAM, Expanded Dual Screen Monitor
  • Convert100 Calculating status...
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    Oct 18, 2007 1:18 PM (in response to korsoecw)
    Macbook White, Mac OS X (10.4.10), Intel Core 2 Duo 2.16GHz 2GB RAM
  • ianlee Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 19, 2007 12:43 PM (in response to Michael Tirta)
    It doesn't just happen at startup. It happens through out the day at random times for no reason at all. It happens only when the Macbook is on.
    macbook, Mac OS X (10.4.9)
  • Riccardo Di Roberto Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)
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    Jan 15, 2008 7:55 PM (in response to ianlee)
    It happens to me too, at random times; all this has started quite recently. Some time ago I read that's the sound of the drive resetting itself to the neutral position, as well as checking the presence of a disc in the slot.
    G4 Sawtooth 2Ghz | iBook 800Mhz | MacBook 2Ghz | Mac Mini 1.83Ghz | iPod 1st&5th, Mac OS X (10.5.1), My G4 has a 2 Ghz cpu upgrade and an ATI radeon 9600 modified for Mac!
  • Randy Rightmire Calculating status...
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    Jan 18, 2008 12:00 AM (in response to korsoecw)
    My MacBook has "ejected" by itself, uncommanded, several times since I bought it at seemingly random times. No disc in the drive at the time. There doesn't seem to be a pattern as to when it happens. It has happened when I was typing (hand nowhere near the Eject button) -- besides, there's no disc in the drive, so Eject button doesn't do that anyway.

    Other times, it happens when I'm not even touching the MacBook.

    Erase / install and it's still doing it. Reset SMC and it's still doing it.
    SRMB MacBook Late 2007, Mac OS X (10.5.1), totally quiet room, mac scares the **** out of me with sudden optical drive
  • Rufuss Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 20, 2008 3:36 AM (in response to Randy Rightmire)
    whats the way to make the noise go away everytime i put my macbook out of sleep?
    Macbook, Mac OS X (10.5.1)
  • Diamondjim Calculating status...
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    Feb 24, 2008 2:29 PM (in response to Randy Rightmire)
    I have the same problem with my mac. Have you found a fix for this one?
    Macbook, Mac OS X (10.4.11)
  • golfromeo Level 1 Level 1 (40 points)
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    Apr 1, 2008 2:06 PM (in response to korsoecw)
    COMPLETELY NORMAL, you can be assured. All the macbook is doing is checking if there is anything in the drive. It will only make that when turning on.
    Mac Book Black, Mac OS X (10.5.2), ?
  • leo4nps721 Calculating status...
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    Apr 9, 2008 6:14 PM (in response to korsoecw)
    My computer is doing something similar. Sometimes when I put it to sleep or close the lid, it makes the "spitting out a disc" noise over and over and over again until I either turn the computer back on or restart it. It doesn't happen every time. Days will go by where I will have nothing then sometimes it will do it several times in one day! I have tried everything from disk first aid to updating software. I guess my next option is to take it back to the Mac Store. I just had the Optical Drive replaced in Nov and the hard drive replaced in February. Any ideas?

    MacBook, Mac OS X (10.4.11), 2 ghz processor


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