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If all else fails, esp in your case tilde apostrophe tilde, remove the bottom (4 screws ) and hit the eject button.
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When you remove the screws and swing the bottom foreward you'll hear a loud snap. It sounds like something broke but I've only had one tab break out of 70 bottoms removed.
The screws seems to be stuck. I am afraid I am going to strip them if I try to hard.
Well if they are stripped you can tell by looking at the heads. Use a new Phillips head screwdriver of the proper size ( The Apple Manual says "• phillips screwdriver
(No.1 and No.2)") Those on the bottom must be #2.
The Manual continues:
"Bottom Housing With Flip Foot
Before you begin, position the computer face down,resting the computer on an
ESD mat or other soft surface.(I use a big fluffy towel)
1. Using a plastic flatblade screwdriver, remove the VGA vented cover.
2. Remove the two screws near the flip foot.
3. Remove the video out access door from the bottom housing.
4. Remove the two outer screws located near the video out port.
The bottom housing uses two sizes of screws. The twoshorter screws attach
near the flip foot.
5. Pull the bottom housing off the computer
Bottom Housing Replacement Note
1. Align the three tabs on the bottom housing with the tab slots on the front
Ensure that the center tab is properly aligned or CDs and DVD discs
may not eject from the slot.
(This could be the cause of your problem, Or the drive could just be getting old. This also can be repaired but it requires taking the drive apart and rejuvenating the rubber rollers with the original Goof Off or MEK )
2. Lower the bottom housing into place and replace the screws."
So with the NEW screwdriver (an old worn one can definitely strip the screw head)( I recommend Klein or Vaco )
Apply strong downward pressure and unscrew.
It sounds to me like the screws may be stripped: if that is the case you might very well have an impossible time getting them out normally. You might need to take it in to an Apple Authorized Service Provider or Apple Store & have them do it for you anyways. As long as they don't end up replacing any components they might do it free of charge too (except for maybe the really cheap screws).