Currently Being ModeratedApr 29, 2011 1:04 AM (in response to JonathanDS)
Sounds like it may be mother board issue, had the same thing on my old iBook some years back. You may be able to get the DVD out by sliding a credit card in the slot under the DVD.
But an Apple authorised repairer seems the best route to me.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 1, 2011 5:33 PM (in response to JonathanDS)
So I managed to solve the problem, and thanks David for your reply. You were right about what you wrote, it must have been a mother board issue. Here is what I did:
Removed the battery and unplugged magsafe, opened up my macbook, and managed to remove the superdrive from the computer (unplugged it from the motherboard, and unscrewed it). With the drive in my hand, it was easier to remove the stuck CD.
I also found two pins (solder like dots) on the motherboard called SMC_RST (I assume onboard SMC reset, but I couldn't find a source online confirming this). I short circuited the dots with a screwdriver for 5 seconds (like when performing a SMC reset with the powerbutton - just guessing here...)
I inserted the superdrive back in the computer and connected it to the motherboard again. I furthermore cleaned off some components on the motherboard, using dry antistatic materal. Some components seemed to be dirty and may or may not have been short-circuited.
I assembled the computer again, and connected battery and magsafe.
When pressing the power button, the computer turned back on again!!
I am not quite sure what exactly made this thing work, but I am guessing either removing the CD or performing the on board SMC reset. Maybe both.
If people have any experience with the SMC_RST i found on the motherboard, please share! I believe som mac models have an actual button soldered on for hard reset!?
or if people have any experience with a CD drive causing total system failure (like I have described in my first post), please share
and PLEASE be carefull doing what I have done. This is my first macbook, but I do have some experience with laptops and electronics. First of all, messing with the fine electronics (like the motherboard) can cause serious damage to your computer. A static charge from your hand can burn off the little components, and cause failure to the whole system. Remember to discharge yourself regularly or wear an antistatic wrist strap. ALSO by opening the computer and removing components, will get rid of warranty. When removing the superdrive, be carefull not to damage the harddrive cord, bluetooth antenna and other cables covering up screws and the drive.
I would recommend going to the Apple store first
Currently Being ModeratedMay 3, 2011 4:06 PM (in response to JonathanDS)
Mine has the same problem has yours. When I plugged in the power cord, the magsafe indicator light didn't flash either green or orange. I checked the battery; and unfortunately neither of 5 lights was flashing. My macbook couldn't turn on.
So i'm not sure whether the problem is the mother board or the battery. so worry now.