So, last night at about 1AM I decided to watch a movie to cool down from a 12 hour day in the library. I slide in my rented DVD and the drive quickly sucks in the DVD, as per usual, but then my PB shuts off completely. It is stone dead. Will not reboot, do not pass go, do not collect $200, it is dead. I fiddle for a while, try the "manual" eject, but it seems my lovely 12" PB lacks a mechanical eject button. I try to coax the DVD out in every way possible. No dice. When I try to start the computer, nothing happens except I can hear the DVD drive (faintly) straining to spin. It will not stop this unless I unplug the power cord and the battery. Hmm... at this point I am only slightly worried that a 25 page paper on oil resource extraction that is due is stuck on a computer that won't boot... Today I call applecare and they are no help. We try the usual reset of the PMU and PRAM, no luck. They say send it in for a fix. That's super because I have mutiple final papers on the computer that I can't really turn in late. All the repair places within 100 miles are closed for the day (saturday afternoon). So, I take apart the PB case and I disconnect the optical drive. Powerbook works perfectly, just no drive. Weird. I have my papers back now, and backed up on my external drive, as they usually are (I hadn't backed up for the evening last night). But, WTF happened? what prevented my computer from booting? just a jammed drive? and, how can I get my rented DVD out of the computer so I can return it? Ugh.