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Brandon Fairbanks Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

i replaced the hard drive in my powerpc mac mini and i put my mac os x 10.4 disc in but it wouldn't boot from the disc, now it won't eject the disc. i tried clicking the mouse but it won't give it back

Mac mini
  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (245,565 points)

    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:



      /usr/bin/drutil eject


    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.

  • Brandon Fairbanks Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    it doesn't have an OS so some of those things i can't do

  • Brandon Fairbanks Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    holding down the left mouse button didn't work

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (119,200 points)

    Is it a USB mouse, or Wireless?

  • TetaMarisku Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I just had this same issue.  I restarted the Macbook 2007 in target mode from another mac, and ejected the installation disk from there.

  • Mactopman Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hold down the right mouse (not the left) key after you hear the chime at startup.  That worked for me!

  • wildcatherder2 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    As a tech support specialist for more than 20 years, I find CD/DVD eject problems to be among the most annoying feature of Apple computers, where the manual eject button is masked over by the frame.


    I tried all of the above, repeatedly, for more than 20 minutes.


    A co-worker walked by and said "Sometimes the disk hits the rubber dust seal on the way out and won't eject."


    He was right!


    I ran my thumbnail along the seal to spread it outward and the disk ejected on the next try.


    It's not always software, people!

  • David Gorrell 1.67G4 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    Ya- Hoo !   Running my finger along the disc slot (iMac24) did the trick (after all others failed..) Many thanks!

  • jnmaloof Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I also have a computer with no OS installed.


    What worked for me was to 1) hold down the option key on start-up until the disk/boot icons appear.  2) Then press the eject key (or F12) on the keyboard.  Pressing eject on its own did not work.

  • j-ho Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Just had the same issue where the disc wasn't recognised and couldnt be ejected. Saw on another thread to be aware if you have Parallels or VMWare running the virtual OS could have operation of the disc - and in my case it did so I ejected it from Parallels.

  • ap Oweyn Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I just wanted to say "thank you" to jnmaloof.  I'd tried every scrap of advice I could find online, as well as working with a customer service rep on the phone.  Thanks to you, I've just cancelled my appointment at the Apple store for tomorrow.  My 4-month-old son thanks you for sparing him a trip to Tyson's Corner that would almost certainly have tanked nap time.  Much appreciated.  The Option key worked a charm.

  • msh2020 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I've tried everything but this, this really work. Thanks

  • AngusMcKinnon Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Big big thank you from me as well. I didn't even know I had a CD in there. Right mouse click worked for me.

  • Jerry Chrisman Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    J-ho, thanks, that was my issue. Virtual Box had grabbed hold of the CD. I went to Windows on the VM, and ejected the disk and problem solved.

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