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Another route to eject stubborn stuck CDs System
After starting to burn a CD with iTunes, I realized it was burning an MP3 CD instead of a regular audio CD. I clicked the 'X' to stop and answered yes to the "Doing this will make the disk useless" dialog. Unfortunately, this left me with a disk in the drive that wasn't mounted, so I couldn't eject it.

I tried the hint posted earlier about using the system profiler to find the BSD name and using disktool to eject it. System Profiler didn't see the disc at all. When I rebooted, it froze at "accessing local drives." I tried booting into open firmware mode, but that also wouldn't work. On a whim, I booted into FireWire target disk mode and hit the eject key. Out came the disc. For reference, I have a 900mhz iBook G4 running 10.3.3.
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Another route to eject stubborn stuck CDs
Authored by: Graff on Jun 01, '04 11:25:14AM

Did you try holding down the mouse button while the computer was booting up? That usually causes the computer to eject all removable drives before attempting to discover boot disks.

I believe the iBook also has the emergency eject hole on the drive. Look for a small hole in or near the drive. You should be able to shut down the computer and then use a straightened paper clip to push a lever inside the hole. It will take a little force but the drive should pop open and you'll be able to remove the disk. You can then close the drive and boot normally.

If the iBook is frozen and you can't shut it down normally hold the power button for a while and the computer will power down.

- Graff



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Another route to eject stubborn stuck CDs
Authored by: Rev. Al on Jun 01, '04 12:36:07PM

on machines with an eject button, you can hold down the eject button on startup to eject any disc.

the iBooks only had a "manual eject hole" on the earliest models.



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Another route to eject stubborn stuck CDs
Authored by: reisschuessel on Jun 01, '04 05:54:04PM

Mine has one and is a 800 MHz iBook which i bought in January 2003. Not only the very early ones.



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Another route to eject stubborn stuck CDs
Authored by: allanmarcus on Jun 01, '04 02:04:54PM

The drutil command will also work.

drutil eject
drutil eject internal
drutil eject external

check the man page for many other useful features of the drutil tool.

dr = DiscRecording, by the way



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Another route to eject stubborn stuck CDs
Authored by: Mac112 on Jun 01, '04 02:10:33PM

"eject cd" from Open Firmware should also work…



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Another route to eject stubborn stuck CDs
Authored by: Seebach on Jun 01, '04 03:09:01PM

If the "eject-cd" from openfirmware i'snt working try running a "reset-all" command first!



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Another route to eject stubborn stuck CDs
Authored by: Little Neddy on Jun 01, '04 04:44:18PM

I saw (somewhere) and it worked for me - sleep the machine (in my 17" AlPB I shut the lid) and on awake it spits the disk



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Yet another route to eject stubborn stuck CDs
Authored by: Han Solo on Jun 01, '04 09:03:41PM

Some good ideas here, but the first place to look probably is in Disk Utility — often times CDs that are not visible in the Finder will show up there, where they can be ejected. Any easy first step before one resorts to rebooting, using Open Firmware, etc.



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Yet another route to eject stubborn stuck CDs
Authored by: drjekyl on Jun 02, '04 03:31:42PM

what about the old standby of holding the mouse button on reboot



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Yet another route to eject stubborn stuck CDs
Authored by: prabodh on Nov 08, '06 09:18:05PM

Disk Utility worked well for me.

Today I had a CD stuck inside.

I launched Disk Utility and the stuck CD was listed
as one of the drives. I simply pressed the eject button
on Disk Utility and it spat the CD out.

BTW, my iBook has no hole to push a pin to eject.

Thanks for the tip.



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Another route to eject stubborn stuck CDs
Authored by: Girininjo on Jul 08, '04 11:04:05PM

A real easy way to eject is to hit the burn button AGAIN.
After scanning the disk it will be rejected & ejected afterwhich a message will appear asking for a new clean disk.

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* Tech Support: "I see you've called about ten times this week... is everything ok?"
* Customer: Well, I just keep having trouble with this thing. B



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Disk Utility - burn
Authored by: kholburn on Jul 10, '04 03:28:15AM

I used Disk Utility in this situation. I found a Disk Image (a .dmg) file (didn't matter what as I was not going to really use it) and clicked "burn" in Disk utility. Disk Utility spat the disk so I could "insert" a blank disk. Viola!



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Disk Utility - burn
Authored by: GoaBrains on May 24, '05 05:16:44AM

Here's something every Mac -- since 1984 -- will understand.

On restart, press and hold the mouse button. This force-unmounts all volumes. Release the button once you have all your disks out, your Mac will then begin its usual boot routine.



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