5 Replies Latest reply: Jul 15, 2008 1:45 AM by Frank F.
Wimy Level 1 Level 1
Reading loads of the threads on this forum doesn't seem to reveal how to eject a disk/dvd (paperclip method) manually out of a 17-inch powerbook. Our power board literally got up in flames yesterday and a replacement has been dispatched but will take more than a few days. We need to retrieve the disk asap.

Any help:-)

Thanks,

Powerbook 17 1.5Mhz 80G, Mac OS X (10.5.4)
  • Allan Jones Level 7 Level 7
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    This article:

    http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=88068

    implies the paperclip method can be used with the "original PowerBook G4 only" which, in my mind, says only the Titanium G4--not the PB17

    Every other method seems to require power.
  • Wimy Level 1 Level 1
    Hi Allan, thanks for your reply albeit it doesn't help as this PB is a titanium version which has no obvious paperclip fitting hole on the right side of the drive, just some protective felt. Cannot believe that we're "stuck" with this!
  • Wimy Level 1 Level 1
    Hi Allan, thanks for your reply albeit it didn't help as this PB is a titanium version which has no obvious paperclip fitting hole on the right side of the drive, just some protective felt. Cannot believe that we're "stuck" with this!
  • Allan Jones Level 7 Level 7
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    iPad
    as this PB is a titanium version which has no obvious paperclip fitting hole


    There are no 17" Titanium PowerBooks. Therefore no manual eject hole. Sorry--looks like you'll have to wait for power to be restored.
  • Frank F. Level 2 Level 2
    Even the paperclip method on the original PowerBook G4 Titanium requires power:

    1. Make sure the computer is turned on. You cannot use the emergency eject button if the computer is turned off.


    So it's only useful in cases where the computer does not boot anymore, but still powers the drive. Apparently the manufacturers concluded that such cases are relatively rare, and decided to omit the emergency button in most subsequent slot-in drive models.