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    Help! My iMac doesn't read discs and I can't eject them!

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    Help! My iMac doesn't read discs and I can't eject them!
    I put in a disc and it didn't read or anything. When I pressed the eject button, nothing happened. I'm running Vista with VMware Fusion and it reads and ejects it just fine. Also, it's one of the new iMacs.

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    Help! My iMac doesn't read discs and I can't eject them!
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    Welcome!!!

    Check to see is the disk is being read on Vista within VMware....
    Otherwise open iTunes... If it shows up there... eject it there.

    You can also reboot while holding the left mouse(wired) button.

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    Help! My iMac doesn't read discs and I can't eject them!
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    What kind of disc is it?

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    Help! My iMac doesn't read discs and I can't eject them!
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    Why didn't Apple just stick an emergency eject button on the back of the computer? Oh because there are lots of ways of ejecting a disc!!

    1) Here goes - the best one, install the optional EJECT MENU

    In the route directory of your Mac OS drive open the folder System/Library/CoreServices/Menu Extras and double click the file "Eject.menu". You will now have a permanent EJECT option in your menu bar

    2) Restart with the EJECT button held down (I haven't checked this one)

    3) Restart with the mouse button down (as shown above)

    4) In a terminal window type "drutil list" this will display a numbered list of currently mounted volumes then type "drutil tray eject 1" replacing the "1" with the number of the volume to eject

    5) Mac Pro - Press firmly against the drive front and push downwards then press the eject button with a long slim object.

    6) Boot with 'command', 'option', 'O' & 'F' into open firmware then type "eject -cd"

    7) Run 'applications/disc utility' and select then eject the volume.

    Oh I seem to have run out of ways but way number one should be done by default. With this you will no longer have any problems.
    Experienced computer user, applications programmer and component level service engineer but came to the Apple platform with intro of intel!. Pro-photographer and director of electronics company.

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    Help! My iMac doesn't read discs and I can't eject them!

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    I noticed the sme thing on my new 24" iMac 2.8ghz. Most DVD's read fine but a couple ie Pursuit of Happiness didn't show up on the desktop and wouldn't eject. It showed up in Disc Utility and was ejected thru there. Wierd thing is the DVD Player app launched but the movie wouldn't play. I tried the couple of DVD's that didnt work on the iMac on my Macbook Pro and they worked fine.

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    Help! My iMac doesn't read discs and I can't eject them!
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    Done...and thanks! Awesome tip.....

    Quote Originally Posted by cowasaki View Post
    1) Here goes - the best one, install the optional EJECT MENU

    In the route directory of your Mac OS drive open the folder System/Library/CoreServices/Menu Extras and double click the file "Eject.menu". You will now have a permanent EJECT option in your menu bar

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    Help! My iMac doesn't read discs and I can't eject them!

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    Having tried for the past hour to eject a disk I believed to be jammed I have realised that in my stupidity I forgot to eject a disk before performing an EFI Firmware update. Now it seem that it does not want to give me back my disk.

    I have tried all of the methods that cowasaki kindly listed and none seem to have worked. I tried to boot into Firmware but it does not want to let me for some reason.

    Can anyone possibly shed some light on this for me please?

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