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Eject stuck CDs using open firmware Apps
I had a CD get stuck in my slot-loading superdrive Aluminum Powerbook, running 10.3. The CD became unresponsive and not recognized by my computer at all! Here is the fix.

Hold Control-Command-Option-Eject Button; this will shut down your computer. Turn the power on with the power button and hold Command-Option-O-F -- this will boot you into open firmware. Now type eject cd and wait until the CD pops out. Type mac-boot and you are ready to rock!

[robg adds: As mentioned elsewhere on the site, you can also try holding the mouse button down during boot to force the system to eject any inserted CDs.]
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Eject stuck CDs using open firmware
Authored by: wgscott on Dec 15, '03 02:40:02PM

you can do the same by holding down the (left) mouse button while rebooting



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Eject stuck CDs using open firmware
Authored by: UnknownPPC on Jun 21, '05 12:19:31AM

I tried that method first. Nothing worked except the above mentioned. Man its been a while since I have been here.

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Eject stuck CDs using open firmware
Authored by: UnknownPPC on Jun 21, '05 12:20:52AM

Tried this hint too and it failed. Which is why I went to such extremes.

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Eject stuck CDs using open firmware
Authored by: Han Solo on Dec 15, '03 04:00:19PM
If by "stuck" you mean that the CD/DVD has disappeared from the Finder and thus cannot be seen to be ejected, there is a much easier way to do this: launch Disk Utility, and look for the CD/DVD to show up in the list at the left. Then eject it.

Had this work twice for me on my 15" Al PowerBook -- wouldn't you know it, it was the darned MS Office CD that got "lost"!

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Eject stuck CDs
Authored by: gatorparrots on Dec 16, '03 03:50:16PM

Don't forget about the eject button in iTunes... It works a good deal of the time and you are probably more likely to have iTunes open than Disk Utility at any given time...



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Eject stuck CDs using open firmware
Authored by: Fofer on Dec 15, '03 06:10:14PM

It's worth reminding that there is a handy Menu Extra hidden in:
/System/Library/CoreServices/Menu Extras called "eject.menu"

Double click that and you'll get a handy Eject widget in your menu bar. This might be helpful for those with 3rd party keyboards...

It might not necessarily eject a stubbon disc that is stuck and not showing up in the Finder, but it's a helpful widget to have on your menu if you really need it.

Command-Click and drag it off the menu bar if you don't like it.



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Eject stuck CDs using open firmware
Authored by: ahbe on Dec 15, '03 09:22:47PM

Wow, that's really kewl. It seems like such a simple tip, but I sure enjoy it. I usually run my 12" Powerbook on an external display with a Logitech keyboard. It's always been a paint to open the lid just to hit the eject button. Thanx again for the tip!



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Eject stuck CDs using open firmware
Authored by: Fofer on Dec 16, '03 05:12:59AM

Glad it has helped you! One other tip to mention is that on some third party keyboards, holding down the F12 key for a few seconds (like 5 seconds, sometimes) also acts as the Eject key.

On a 12" PB, though, which doesn't have a tray loading drive, the only time you'd need to eject would be if a disk was in the drive. So you could always drag said disk to the trash to eject it. But of course, you knew that... :-)



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Eject stuck CDs using open firmware
Authored by: John Welsby on Mar 30, '11 12:37:27PM

I had same problem tried to eject cd using all usual methods boot up while holding mouse key key etc. But I then turned off unpluged power and left for appx 5 hours then holding eject button down then booting up the disc came straight out



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