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One possible way to eject troublesome CDs or DVDs Laptop Macs
Today I inserted a CD from a friend into my fairly new Mac Book Pro. It had a sticker type label, which I'm generally leery about, but it looked OK and not likely to peel back inside my computer. I got what I needed off the CD and went to eject it ... but sure enough, it was stuck inside. I tried six or so times without success, using the Eject button. I couldn't even see through the slit to tell what I was hanging on. I was at the point of ... 'Do I tear my nice newish MBP apart or take it in for service'?

Then an idea occurred to me. I unplugged the system, held it in my hand, pressed the Eject button, then flipped the whole system upside down. Sure enough, the CD popped out, much to my surprise and relief. No idea if this will work with other portables, but thought I'd pass it along just in case.

On further investigation of the offending CD, I noticed the label peeled up slightly right near the center. Apparently just enough to throw off the eject sequence.
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One possible way to eject troublesome CDs or DVDs
Authored by: RussellK on Aug 08, '06 07:46:22AM
Is "flipping the whole system upside down" while the computer is running a good idea?

You mention that you "unplugged" the system, but presumably this was just to untie it and make it easier to flip? I assume that if you pressed the "Eject" button this means your system was still actually powered up and running. I've read that moving a MacBook around...let alone flipping it upside down...might risk damaging the spinning hard drive etc.

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One possible way to eject troublesome CDs or DVDs
Authored by: abhibeckert on Aug 06, '07 03:00:32PM

In theory movement can damage hard drives, but people are always moving iPods around, and the failure rate is reasonably low. You'd have to be pretty unlucky to have a failed hard drive from moving yours once or twice if people are abusing iPods for years before their hard drives fail.

But that's mostly irrelevant, because newer mac notebooks will "lock down" the hard drive as soon as they detect movement. So you should be safe moving any intel MacBook/MacBook Pro while it's running.



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One possible way to eject troublesome CDs or DVDs
Authored by: ofermod on Aug 08, '06 08:22:08AM

How about:

1- Shut down your Mac
2- Hold down the mouse button while the machine boots



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One possible way to eject troublesome CDs or DVDs
Authored by: kokaviel on Aug 08, '06 08:49:26AM

This seems to be a problem on (all?) MacBooks. Maybe the motor in the CD drive is weak, and cannot spin up heavy discs will a thick sticker label. Maybe the tolerance in the drive is too small and the label rubs while it's trying to spin. In any case, the drive would spin up and mount the disc, but after spinning for a minute or two, the disc would spin down and unmount itself, but could not eject (though you could hear the motor trying).

Simply holding down the mouse button while booting wasn't enough to eject the cd, the motor was still too weak. I tried rebooting multiple times. Eventually, i was able to spit it out, but it took several times.

Anyway, I had this same problem on both my own and my wife's MacBooks. I Placed the same CD in my 15" last-generation PowerBook and it had no problem. Similarly, the CD worked fine in both of my Desktop PC's tray-load drives.



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One possible way to eject troublesome CDs or DVDs
Authored by: azraq27 on Aug 08, '06 10:10:20AM

Yup. Same thing happened the first day I got my 12" Powerbook, and rebooting while holding down the mouse-button did the trick. After that I was a lot more careful what I stuck in there!



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One possible way to eject troublesome CDs or DVDs
Authored by: RussellK on Aug 08, '06 11:08:42AM

Just out of curiosity: does rebooting and holding down the mouse button actually trigger an action different from the Eject button?

As long as you're relying on the hardware's "motor" to eject the CD, why would it be different to a) just press the eject button on your keyboard during normal operation; b) access the Eject CD command via contextual menu/menubar; c) drag the CD to the Trash/Eject icon on your dock; or d) hold down the mouse button during reboot?

In other words, is there any basis for this reboot/mouse method to work (as opposed to just continuously trying to eject via any of the other methods mentioned until the drive finally succeeds in spitting out the disk)?



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One possible way to eject troublesome CDs or DVDs
Authored by: wordsofwisedumb on Aug 08, '06 06:51:37PM

If it is a mechanical problem, no there is no reason to reboot. If there is a problem with software, (like the Mac freezing so the eject button doesn't work) then the reboot solution could help by ejecting before the Mac has a chance to become unstable and freeze.



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Using tweezers to eject troublesome CDs or DVDs
Authored by: gemsling on Aug 08, '06 11:53:45PM

Tweezers. I was having trouble ejecting a CD (and not one that I wanted left there for someone else in the house the find...). What I didn't realise was that a label on the CD had peeled back and was catching on the side of the drive, preventing it from sliding out. I could see the edge of the CD each time the iMac tried to eject it, so I eventually got some tweezers, waited for the next ejection attempt and grabbed it.



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One possible way to eject troublesome CDs or DVDs
Authored by: mazatty on Aug 09, '06 10:39:15AM

i've had luck with a credit card. i had a dvd with a protective cover sticker and a little round label around the hole. just as i figured it got stuck when i tried to eject it. i was able to get it to eject by sticking the corner of the cc into the drive slot and gently pushing down on the dvd while pressing the eject button.



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