CD Stuck in Alum. Macbook

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by JefferyShin, Jun 20, 2009.

  1. macrumors regular


    Jun 20, 2009
    Hello, I inserted a cd to burn some files on it.
    While burning, I accidently closed my laptop, therefore putting the laptop to sleep. When I opened my laptop again, it said error, and ejected the disk. So I decided to try again, and inserted the disk. It did not recognize the disk. It spins, but doesn't recognize it.

    So after hours of Googling, these are the methods I tried:
    -Booting while holding down trackpad
    -Booting while laptop disc slot faces downwards
    -Using a knife to push spring down (could not find spring)
    -Using credit cards to open up the exit
    -Gently shaking laptop

    I think the problem is that, in the slot <=========> <-pretend thats the slot, <====O====> , where O is a blockage occurs. I can't push, pull, press, or do anything to clear it.

    Anyone got help?


    Extra info:
    MacBook 13.3in 2.0ghz Aluminum
    CD is a Memorex CD-R 700MB
  2. macrumors regular

    May 22, 2009
    San Francisco, CA
    reboot and hold down the eject botton n see if that helps
  3. macrumors member

    Jun 20, 2009
    This happened to me once. There wa a key you pressed at boot that will eject the disc after some time, then get in the actual OS.

    Dont remember if it was N or I but im sure i found that tip on apple´s website.
  4. macrumors member


    Mar 3, 2009
    Lisboa, Portugal
    Found this on apple's site:

    The following worked for me once (also from apple's site):
    hope this helps :)
  5. macrumors newbie

    Jun 20, 2009
    Heh, I see this all the time at work. Can you hear the drive trying to eject the disc? If so, it's most likely due to the frame being slightly warped

    Let's say this is a normal drive slot:


    What happens sometimes when people apply too much pressure on the key board or on the frame is the following:


    The top layer of the frame drops down and blocks the disc from ejecting.

    You'll want to grab a flat-head screw driver and run it along the slot. Divide up the slot into 8 sections. In each section, insert the screwdriver about a quarter to half an inch in and pry the casing up and down. Hopefully, this will bend the frame back upwards and clear the blockage ;)

    Good luck!
  6. macrumors regular


    Jul 10, 2007
    try this and let me know ( its how i fixed the same problem )

    get a biz card or some other piece of card...

    switch off the mac

    put the card in the cd slot and gently push down ( you are trying to stop the CD from spinning when you turn it back on )

    turn the computer on while pushing down on the mouse pad and doing the card stop the cd spinning thing... after a few min it will pop out :)

    good luck
  7. thread starter macrumors regular


    Jun 20, 2009
    Thanks everyone, but this is how I fixed it. (a little barbaric...)

    I stuck my Library and my Bank card into the drive, and started to just poke wildly at it.

    Then, stupid as I am, my card went in completely(1 of them)
    So I took a letter opener and started to stab wildly at the opening.

    Then a bit of the cd/library card showed, so I shook my MB up and down and it fell out.

    I tested a cd to see if my drive worked fine, and it does :D

    Thanks everyone.
  8. macrumors regular

    Mar 2, 2009
    Cork, Ireland
    Wow that is kinda barbaric but at least the drive is working ok! :p Is there still difficulty in ejecting disks?
  9. thread starter macrumors regular


    Jun 20, 2009
    Hahaa yes it is VERY barabaric....

    And no, it works flawlessly, inserting, reading, and ejecting. :D
  10. macrumors regular


    Dec 7, 2008
    All I can say is WoW!!!
  11. macrumors newbie

    Jul 2, 2009
    Got CD out...sticks every time

    I used the reboot and hold down track pad and it worked like a charm.
    Problem is... it happens every time... so it wasn't a one time wonder.
    What is the next step to permanently fixing the problem. I use the CD/DVD drive often.
  12. macrumors 6502

    Jan 9, 2006
  13. macrumors 6502a

    Apr 18, 2009
    i was going to say use Disk Utility, but i suppose bank cards are better.

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