CD stuck in macbook

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  1. cmm macrumors 6502a

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    My brother's macbook has a CD stuck in it since he was on a flight to California.

    How can I manually remove it, or does OS X have any features for getting it out other than the eject button?
     
  2. mr.light macrumors 6502

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    Does it appear on the desktop?
    If so try dragging it to the trash.
    If not there should be a small hole where you can push in a paperclip or similar thing to manually eject it.
     
  3. cmm thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Have you tried holding down the mouse button while starting up after the chime?
     
  5. cmm thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    no, let me try now. it's a combo drive btw

    and are there any stores that sell superdrivers? is it difficult to install on your own?
     
  6. SFStateStudent macrumors 604

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    I had that happen with my MB 2.16 and just went to this website:

    that's exactly what cured my situation. Keep a firm grip on that thin credit card or business card and ensure that at least 1/4 of the cc business card is firmly gripped. Good Luck. :cool:
     
  7. SFStateStudent macrumors 604

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    Oops...website gone!

    Hi, I noticed that nearly everytime I put a CD or DVD into my macbook drive it gets stuck. I press the eject button, it whurs and wines and tries to eject the disk. It hits the top edge of the slot and is sucked straight back in again.

    This is quite anoying, and it might affect the macbook pro or older models but i worked out how to get the discs out.

    Insert a train ticket or a business card into the slot. Make sure you push it upwards gently. The purpose of this is to guide the top edge of the disc out of the slot and stop it catching. The ticket slides between a metal part inside the drive and acts as a ramp to guide the disk out.

    Just slide the ticket in and press eject and it comes out first time.

    Good to go...:cool:
     
  8. cmm thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    it didn't work
     
  9. cmm thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    doesn't work but i ruined a nice business card

    any other ideas?
     
  10. jonathandodson macrumors newbie

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    In the short term I would try to pry the opening up a little and use the methods from the above posters to get it out. Depending on how the drive is actually funtioning you may have to pull the drive out and pull the top off to get the disk out.

    Long term I would replace the drive. A new superdrive will run around $180.
     
  11. cmm thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Does Apple charge to install new opitcal drives when you buy it from the store?
     
  12. alphaod macrumors Core

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    Yes; at a rate of $180/hr I believe.
     
  13. cmm thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Wow, that's incredible they'd charge that much.

    Well, now the CD shows up in Finder and it seems to want to eject it more, but it still won't...
     
  14. SFStateStudent macrumors 604

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    How close are you to an Apple Store? They can do the same procedure in about 15 seconds.
     
  15. SFStateStudent macrumors 604

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    Are you keeping a firm grip on at least 1/4 of the business card? It's really important that you do just that.
     
  16. cmm thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Yes - how far does the business card need to be in?

    I'm far from an Apple store where I am now.
     
  17. SFStateStudent macrumors 604

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    It should be at least far enough in the CD/DVD slot, to keep a firm grip on it between your thumb and forefinger. You definitely do not want to let go of it and allow it to get caught in the MB.
     
  18. cmm thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    The CD won't show itself at all. You can see the side in the middle if you move the fuzzy stuff.
     
  19. SFStateStudent macrumors 604

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    I think you've done the whole nine yards on your own. Looks like you can head out to the Apple Store and they'll fix it for free, since this happens quite a bit. Basically, the CD/DVD gets hung up right there by the lip of the CD/DVD SuperDrive. Mostly the Memorex brand of CD gets hung up in there all the time. Probably what you've got in there! Keep Us Advised. Good Luck. PM me if you want. :(
     
  20. alphaod macrumors Core

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    Go to iFixIt.com, find the guide for the Macbook replacing the optical drive; remove the optical drive and then the CD and put everything back together.
     

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