Help: CD stuck in PowerBook G4

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by beowulf70, Apr 24, 2012.

  1. macrumors regular

    Oct 20, 2010
    This has never happened before to my 8 year old PowerBook G4.

    I'm sure all you ODD killers out there will be chuckling to yourselves, but some of us (graphic designers) need to read client CDs with photos on... (and yes, I am well aware that this Mac is a piece of *****) Soooo unprofessional of me. Anyway...

    All was working well this morning... I've read about five different CDs, then had a Finder freeze. It refreshed and relaunched all by itself, but now the CD icon has vanished from the desktop and will not eject. I've restarted twice, launched Disk Utility and all seems well. All the drive data is accessible.

    Any ideas anyone?? :confused:


    Mac: PowerBook G4 15", Build 9L31a
    OS: OS X 10.5.8
    Drive: MATSHITA DVD-R UJ-816
    Firmware Revision: DXJ3
    Interconnect: ATAPI
    Burn Support: Yes (Apple Shipping Drive)
    Cache: 2048 KB
    Reads DVD: Yes
    CD-Write: -R, -RW
    DVD-Write: -R, -RW
    Write Strategies: CD-TAO, CD-SAO, DVD-DAO
    Media: Insert media and refresh to show available burn speeds
  2. macrumors G4


    Aug 31, 2011
    Phoenix, AZ USA
    Here's some stuff you could try.

    My money's on the Terminal command, but I've had that fail on me in the past too.

    P.S. Why would your Powerbook be a POS? I have two 17" PBs (one which is older than yours) and I think they are way cool (or I wouldn't be here).

    I'm a graphic designer too (I work for a newspaper). All our work is done on PowerPC based Macs (G5 and G4). PowerBooks and PowerMacs are all still very viable for design work.
  3. thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 20, 2010
    I fixed it. I just shut it down. :rolleyes: Then held the eject key down as it booted up... et voila. Simple.

    I'm freelance now and some companies don't have enough Macs to go around.. tsch! So, I'm having to resort to using my old PB (Not much fun after using a twin quad-core MacPro with a 27" display for the last 4 months) but this baby just about copes with CS4.

    Thanks for your help anyway. ;)

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