Five ways to eject a stuck CD or DVD from the optical drive
Ejecting the stuck disc can usually be done in one of the following ways:
1. Restart the computer and after the chime press and hold down the left mouse button until the disc ejects.
2. Press the Eject button on your keyboard.
3. Click on the Eject button in the menubar.
4. Press COMMAND-E.
5. If none of the above work try this: Open the Terminal application in your Utilities folder. At the prompt enter or paste the following:
If this fails then try this:
Boot the computer into Single-user Mode. At the prompt enter the same command as used above. To restart the computer enter "reboot" at the prompt without quotes.
Thanks Kappy - this was the only link we found that had the 'Hold the left mouse button down' Tip . . and we found it was the only one that world work in our situation
We had a Mac book which got rapidly power cycled with a failed battery, and were trying to reinstall the OS, so if your Mac reaches a blue scren, and no further try the left mouse button trick!
Theres a simple Utility I created using Xcode to remove discs that are stuck inside a SuperDrive. Try taking a look:
It sits in the menu bar. If you're still having issues, then it could be a hardware fault. Anyway, I hope this works.
Hit the power button at the top right hand corner of the keyboard. You are going to restart the computer, but as soon as you click "restart" immediately click down on the trackpad with one finger and hold it until the computer restarts. The computer will go to a white screen then a black one then back to a white screen meaning it is restarting. Because you are holding down the trackpad, it should freeze on that white screen. Let go and it should stay frozen. Close the computer and leave it for 15 minutes. Come back and open the computer and hit the power button again. it should act as if you have turned it off again. Then hit the power button and the computer should "come back to life". When it does, it should recognize the disc in the computer. Then you hover your mouse over the disk icon on your desktop and click with two fingers simultaneously on the trackpad. a menu should pop up and you see "Eject [title of disc]" then click it and it should eject.