13 Replies Latest reply: May 7, 2008 7:56 PM by filmnvideo
Mike_KC Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
I'm installing WinXp under bootcamp (just slipstreamed my version of XP to XP SP2) and I realized I cannot open the cd tray (to validate windows) during winxp install since there is no external eject button. After going back and reading the docs extremely well, I did notice the mention of a "full" version of XP. It does not warn about upgrade versions, however, so I'm a bit perplexed how to proceed. It would seem to me that most people would have upgrade versions, so the choice to not have a cd open button, for athethics, or a way around it, is quite unfortunate.

Please help!

Mac Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.2)
  • Bud Kuenzli Level 3 Level 3 (585 points)
    one button mice and no manual eject button. sometimes you just have to shake your head and wonder why otherwise intelligent people....
  • The hatter Level 9 Level 9 (60,520 points)
    I keep an old external CD/DVD FireWire - it isn't even inside a case, and has a manual eject.

    I have my internal drive accessible with the drive door tapped down and open, never checked to see if I can hit the eject button, but probably can with a piece of tape.
  • Ton Ensing Level 1 Level 1 (35 points)
    Head over to the main system folder and follow System > Library > CoreServices > Menu Extras. In there is a file called Eject.menu. Double click it and voila - an eject button shows up in your Menu space, somewhere left of the Spotlight icon. Use it to open and close the drive (in fact all, if you got extra drives attached to your Mac) of the main DVD-player/recorder.
  • The hatter Level 9 Level 9 (60,520 points)
    And how is that going to help when installing Windows? There is no "CoreServices" eject menu in Windows, and definitely not at install time (even OS X Installer DVD).

    +Pass some coffee, please, my eyes aren't open yet.+
  • Ton Ensing Level 1 Level 1 (35 points)
    Well, never mind. Scratch the Eject.menu suggestion and fire up that old CD/DVDdrive you still have lying around somewhere.
  • BillC37 Level 2 Level 2 (325 points)
    Pull the drive door down. You can get a straightend paperclip into the manual eject opening (1/16 or so round hole in panel below door, probably on left side). Push the tray back in manually.
  • Ansuz82 Level 6 Level 6 (8,265 points)
    Bud Kuenzli wrote:
    one button mice and no manual eject button. sometimes you just have to shake your head and wonder why otherwise intelligent people....

    Actually, the stock mighty mouse is a two button mouse.
  • SimplyMac Level 4 Level 4 (2,360 points)
    Bud,

    One of the things Windows converts need to remember and realize is this hardware was not built for Windows. But Apple kindly provides BootCamp and all the drivers to install it, so that the babies that refuse to learn new things on different software can still run that bloated pile of garbage. Or even worse, Vista.

    The reason it doesn't have a manual eject button on the outside is because under Mac OSX, it is not required as Apple designers have actually *shaken their heads* and placed the eject button on the keyboard. A much more logical place.

    Maybe the Windows discussion boards over at Microsoft have a thread for how stupid it is for them not to have that keyboard button enabled for Windows users using Mac's, since easily adding a small bit of code to enable that is a much better and logical request than to expect Apple to change the design of their hardware to appease a very small minority of users who can afford Apple hardware, but continue to live in the past on antiquated operating systems.

    But obviously, Microsoft can't be bothered either.
  • Matthew Isaacs Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I have a DVD ROM stuck in my Mac Pro (early 2008) Media Tray. I have tried holding the mouse button down during start up - didn't work. I can see the media on my desktop and access the data on the disk but when I eject the media it dissapears from the desktop and the tray does not open. Please help!
  • apeguero Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Write down the Windows Serial number on a piece of paper and tape it to the CD case. I do that for Microsoft Office, XP, and Vista. This way I don't have to dick around ejecting the CD in the middle of an install in order to read the serial number. Problem solved -- for me anyways.
  • Bud Kuenzli Level 3 Level 3 (585 points)
    I reserve the right to shake my head ! The engineers may think the keyboard is a better place for an eject button but as many people discover, there are times when nothing but a direct, manual eject button will suffice. Choosing to not provide it may allow the mac to look more sleek and less PC-like, but every time an engineer or designer decides a user doesn't need this or that feature like a manual eject button, sooner or later some poor soul will find it becomes a problem.
    Try using some sharp object to manually pull open the CD tray door and look for either an eject button or a small hole in which you can push a paper clip. My MacPro is actually at the shop with some nasty hardware failure so I can't do more than reiterate that odds are good you can get it to eject manually if you can just get that door open. It should be possible, I think.
  • Ein Level 2 Level 2 (410 points)
    For those of you that still have finger nails, stick it in the gap on top of the door and pull down. And don't forget the paper clip. The eject button is blocked by the bezel. So one needs to use the paper clip hole to the left.
  • filmnvideo Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I just had the same thing happen to me as I was working on my client's Mac Pro. I tried restarting several times, fixing repairs, and even opening iTunes and pressing the eject button there (worked in the past), but nothing would work here. I found this post and tried the paper clip deal but there was no button... So I thought, what if I restarted and held the eject button after the gong? Bingo, out comes the DVD!!!

    I guess you just have to think like an engineer???