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Use disktool and System Profiler to eject stubborn CDROM discs
Authored by: marxy on Aug 01, '06 04:27:08AM

I inserted a DVD-R Dual Layer into an intel Mac Mini. It wouldn't eject in any normal way while running so I rebooted...

The machine wouldn't boot. Tried everything, mouse down, command-option-O-F, F12. It just kept trying to read that disk.

In the end the solution was to pop the case off the mini, grip the edge of the DVD with needle nosed pliers and start the machine. At a point during the boot it gives up trying to read the disk and ejects it, I had to pull gently with the pliers to get it out.

The drive seems fine, it reads and ejects CDs just fine, so my conclusion is that it was indeed a software problem and not a physical eject problem.

There doesn't appear to be any way I could see to eject a disk from these slot load drives.

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