CD Drive Won't Eject - I've tried everything

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Id0ntkn0w, Feb 16, 2009.

  1. Id0ntkn0w macrumors newbie

    Feb 16, 2009
    I got West Wing stuck in my computer. I'm on an Intel Macbook (No Open Firmware >_<)
    I've tried:
    1. Using a credit card to keep the CD from spinning.
    2. Ejecting the CD in every program I can think of.
    3. Going into Terminal and entering the eject command.

    Whenever I boot up my computer, it takes about 20 minutes before my computer gives up on trying to eject the CD. I've tried pretty much everything. I'm trying to avoid taking this to the Genius Bar if possible. I'm a college kid and as such can't really afford to lose my computer for them to fix it. Anyone have any other suggestions? (i.e. is there a manual eject that anyone wants to suggest? Or anything else?)
  2. EvanM07 macrumors newbie

    May 19, 2008
    I have the same problem. But my CD wont mount on my desktop or anything. I even tried using the terminal command to get it to eject and i hear it start making noise like it just took the CD in and started to read it but nothing....
  3. DeusInvictus7 macrumors 68020

    Aug 13, 2008
    Kitchener, Ontario
    Have you tried holding down the mouse button when you start up the computer?

    Press the power button, and then just hold the mouse button, and it should come out...
  4. Id0ntkn0w thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 16, 2009
    Deus, already tried it. Hasn't worked. And, as Evan said, I've got the problem that it's not on my desktop or anything similar. If it were, at least then I'd be able to watch West Wing.
  5. macbookairman macrumors 6502a

    Jan 15, 2008
    United States
    I have had that problem, but I was able to fix it with holding the mouse button down method. Anyways, I just searched online and found a few alternatives that worked for people. You may want to give them a try.

    I have also read that sliding a playing card in there can get the cd to come out, but I wouldn't recommend that (only as a last, last resort)

    EDIT: I see you tried a credit card. I guess thats similar to the playing card technique.
  6. r.j.s Moderator emeritus


    Mar 7, 2007
    I've read about a few people on here that have had success holding the Mac with the drive slot vertical (pointed down) while holding the eject button on boot. Gravity assisted eject, I guess.

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