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    CD Stuck In My iMac G3'S DVD Drive
    I have a iMac G3/400 DV SE which currently has no operating system on it. I popped in one of my Toshiba Equium's restore discs (which I knew probaly wouldn't work) and now I can't get it out. I have tried holding down the mouse button, booting into firmware and typing eject cd and holding down the F12 key. IT STILL WONT COME OUT. I really need this CD back because my toshiba is going a bit crazy and I am going to reinstall the OS.

    - Jamie

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    get a paper clip and look for a lil hole to the right of the tray. push it in (not too hard) and you should hear a little button click in, then your cd should eject.

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    This is a slot loading machine and I cant see any hole to the side of it.

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    Slot loading iMac... Pick it up by the handle (with the Mac off and disconnected), hold it with the drive face down and carefully shake it... the CD will fall right out. Sounds weird, but it's worked for me. Someone showed me at school and it worked.

    OR do this -

    YouTube - How To Remove Stuck CD From iMac / Slot Loading CD/DVD Drive
    -William
    Late 2012 Mini - 2.5GHz i5, 16GB RAM, 256GB Samsung 840 Pro SSD, 256GB HD, Yosemite

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mac OS X User View Post
    This is a slot loading machine and I cant see any hole to the side of it.
    That is what I mean, there is almost like a little hole, in between the two flaps to the right of the slot. Push a paperclip in there and it will release.

    - Simon

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    Oh. I see it now. Next job is to find a paper clip.

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    Does it have to be switched on?

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    Thank you everyone especially buzzard2010. It is now out and I am now in the process of reinstalling xp onto my toshiba.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mac OS X User View Post
    Thank you everyone especially buzzard2010. It is now out and I am now in the process of reinstalling xp onto my toshiba.
    Glad you got it sorted

    - Simon

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    Glad to see you got it... I thought you meant it was STUCK stuck, like wouldn't come out, even with the paperclip trick....then you have to do what I posted... or take it apart.
    -William
    Late 2012 Mini - 2.5GHz i5, 16GB RAM, 256GB Samsung 840 Pro SSD, 256GB HD, Yosemite

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