7 Replies Latest reply: Dec 29, 2007 9:32 PM by AdamH
AdamH Level 1 Level 1 (60 points)
For some reason, a CD will not eject out of my computer. When I hit the eject button, the CD stops spinning for about 2 seconds and then starts up again. Is there a way for me to get the CD out of there without pulling apart my computer or damaging the CD?

Powerbook G4, Mac OS X (10.4.10), 1 GB Ram
  • AdamH Level 1 Level 1 (60 points)
    I just realized this was in the wrong section, could somebody please move it?
  • eww Level 9 Level 9 (52,975 points)
    Restart the computer while holding down the trackpad button. Keep holding it down until the CD pops out of the drive. This is a hardware command that should eject the disc before the OS begins to load.
  • AdamH Level 1 Level 1 (60 points)
    I have already tried that. The problem is that the ejecting device is broken. It's not that it says "This is in use by an application, quit them and try again later." I need a manual way to force the CD out, like the paperclip method on CD drives with a tray.
  • eww Level 9 Level 9 (52,975 points)
    Hi, Adam. If you're correct in believing the transport mechanism has failed somehow, the best remedy is to remove the drive, unscrew its top cover, and extract the disc manually. Fortunately, in a Tibook that's quite an easy process. Just be careful to handle the drive's flex cable gently, because it's fairly delicate.

    There is no manual eject lever in most Powerbook G4 optical drives. In the few very early drives (only the DVD-ROM drives in the 400MHz and 500MHz Tibooks, I think) that do have one, it can be actuated by inserting a straightened heavy-duty paper clip in the far right edge of the slot and pushing it straight in untilo you encounter a spring-loaded resistance. But there's no way to tell whether your drive has the manual eject mechanism unless it works — if nothing happens or you don't run into a springy push-back, your drive doesn't have such a mechanism. And even if it does, if the drive is mechanically compromised, the chances that your disc will just pop out are poor. And your paper clip or the mishandling of the CD by the drive could damage the CD, so if it's a valuable original software installer disc, think twice before trying to get it out that way. I really advise you to go the manual-extraction route instead.
  • AdamH Level 1 Level 1 (60 points)
    Well I tried your spring idea and, unfortunately, it didn't work, so that CD will be staying in this computer for the rest of its life (this is the same computer with the breaking display). Since I don't want to risk doing any more damage to the display, I don't think I'll be tinkering around with the inside of the computer, but thank you for your help.
  • eww Level 9 Level 9 (52,975 points)
    Ah — I'd forgotten that you were the one with the iffy hinge. If the CD in your drive is one that you can get along without until your new computer arrives, I think your plan to let it stay put for now is a good one.
  • AdamH Level 1 Level 1 (60 points)
    Yup, that's me. Well fortunately, I have an external "superdrive" that I can use in the meanwhile, so I won't be too bad off.