How do I manually open the cd tray on dead Mac Pro (2008)?
This thread below describes my situation perfectly. I've tried all the key commands on start up with no luck. Is it true I have to completely remove the drive to open it? There must be a hardware solution/method to opening the tray, no?
My issue is... I only get a spinning fan at start up and displays don't come on. No keyboarshort cuts have any effect with regards to ejecting tray so I can't get a utility disk into my computer to start from. Power supply and fans working fine. Not sure why Apple would choose to make it so difficult to open up a cd tray.
I used the method found at the bottom of the thread link I posted above. I had to physically remove the CD drive from the computer to access the old style pin hole. Then I used the paper clip method from the old days (straighten out a paper clip and insert one end into the hole on front end of cd / drive casing.
Amazing that Apple made this such an arduous task (opting visual design over function). If there is a simpler method not involving opening up the computer I'm still interested in learning for future reference.
I bought my first Mac on 1984. I have exactly the identical problem and Apple got rid of Michael's Discussions...
And considering that the beautiful Pro Tower's face has enough holes, it would NOT bother anything adding one more small pin hole. Some people working at Apple are geniuses, but whoever ignored the little pin hole should be killed (OK, fired)! It is SO frustrating!