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MacBook Pro - how to manually eject CD?


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big big problem now!!! need to get my cd out.
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First open Disk Utility and try to eject it from there, if that does not work, Reboot the machine holding down the mouse button till it ejects.
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Also heard holding down the F13 button works... I mean F12 during reboot does the trick :-).
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Hold the trackpad button down while it's booting.

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I'm becoming excessively fond of technote 88275

http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=88275
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That's a great page, thanks!

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That is a nice article. Thanks!
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Yippee, it worked and I didn't have to go to Apple.
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I'm having the same problem with my disk drive and I've tried everything listed. Is the only option left going to apple?
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If I stick a DVD with a paper label into the DVD drive of my MBP, it always gets stuck.
I've leaned how to open the case, lift up the DVD drive, and by shorting two pins together (while the system is powered up) get the DVD to eject.
On my MBP, there is such a narrow slot for the DVD, that the paper label on a DVD will scrape against the opening of the DVD slot.
When I eject the DVD, the system "thinks" its gone, so the tricks to eject on startup and force ejection don't work.
I suppose if I didn't learn how to open up the case, I'd have to take it to the Apple Store to get the DVD out.
I've just stopped putting DVDs with paper labels in my system.
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I've had a Verbatim DVD+R DL stuck in my MacbookPro for days now, and it was only acknowledged initially when inserted ("What would you like to do?"), but from then on, it was nowhere to be found in my finder, through applications, or otherwise.

THANK YOU SO MUCH, for I've tried a number of things, having been searching the web for a way to eject this "invisible" DVD. Finally, it was holding the trackpad down at start that ejected it.

Sheesh. Halle-freaking-lujah. THANKS, again!
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This worked for me:
Force Quit (Restart) Finder and then use the Eject key to eject the disc.
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I had the same problem. The DVD was no longer visible on my desktop, and eject key didn't work. I didn't want to reboot because I was working via VPN, from Windows XP running in Parallels so I could not try that.

Amusingly, I was running Windows XP inside Parallels and 'My Computer' could see there was a disk in the drive and I ejected it from there. Problem solved.
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I had the same problem. The DVD was no longer visible on my desktop, and eject key didn't work. I didn't want to reboot because I was working via VPN, from Windows XP running in Parallels so I could not try that.

Amusingly, I was running Windows XP inside Parallels and 'My Computer' could see there was a disk in the drive and I ejected it from there. Problem solved.
This, is because the XP instance was 'owning' the optical drive. This is true with every virtualized system out there.

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I tried to replicate the issue. The moment Paralles starts, the open folder on my desktop representing the disk disappears and is no longer accessible from the Mac.

However, VM Ware on Windows running another OS (Like Linux/Unix) does not behave like this; the disk is available from the host OS and the Virtual OS.

Given that the Mac OS is basically Unix, I am guessing it has something to do with how Unix/Linux mounts disks. Or maybe Paralles is designed to take control of the rom drive.

Does VM Ware on Mac do the same thing? (Rhetorical question, as that's probably for a different forum)

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