6 Replies Latest reply: Feb 1, 2009 11:30 AM by iainkay
speedybiker Level 1 (0 points)
Well, I screwed up during Bootcamp install. I now have the XP CD in the drive, and powered down. When I turn the Macbook Pro back on, I get a "disk error" and nothing I do will remove the CD. The only recourse I have is to hold the power button down until it turns off, but every time I try to turn it on I get the same error message. Is there a manual way to remove the CD from the drive?

Thanks, John

MacBook Pro 4G memory, Mac OS X (10.5.6), New 1/12/09
  • neuroanatomist Level 7 (31,690 points)
    Press and hold the trackpad button during bootup. That forces an eject of a disc in the optical drive.
  • tcphoto1 Level 1 (35 points)
    Or launch Disk Utility, highlight the CD and hit eject in the menu.
  • neuroanatomist Level 7 (31,690 points)
    tcphoto1 wrote:
    Or launch Disk Utility, highlight the CD and hit eject in the menu.


    That only works if one can boot up the computer and launch Disk Utility.

    The OP stated the computer would not boot up (from the internal HDD), and with an optical disc stuck in the drive, booting from the Mac OS X DVD to launch DU would not work either. Now, if the OP had a bootable clone of his system on an external hard drive handy, then the MBP could have been booted from that, and DU run and used to eject the disc - but that was probably not the case, and certainly not the easiest solution in this instance.
  • iainkay Level 1 (25 points)
    Out of interest should this happen on the new MBP with no mouse buttons how would one proceed? Would I just hold my finger on the trackpad or would this be impossible?
  • Craig Brady Level 4 (1,790 points)
    The new MBP has a button. The whole track pad is a button that clicks when pressed. So just click and hold the track pad while booting.
  • iainkay Level 1 (25 points)
    Ooh I was not aware that the whole surface was a clickable button! Now I'm looking forward my new MBP even more