close cd-rom drive with non-apple keyboard

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  1. Xer0dIn macrumors member

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    Hello everyone, Sorry if this is a dumb question but I've not been able to figure this out. I've just got my new Mac Pro set up today. I've put Windows XP (32 bit) on there and I'm using a Logitech DiNovo Edge keyboard. I can eject both of my cd-rom drives in by going into My Computer and right clicking the drive and selecting eject. But I cannot close them without either pushing the drives close (don't want to do that) or by rebooting the computer.
    It is really annoying, can anyone please help?
     
  2. surflordca macrumors 6502a

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    This might sound silly but I used a PC keyboards for 23 years so you can imagine I used many different ones. Now I use the new Mac keyboard. It's the best one that I ever used. Why don't you like it?
     
  3. pastrychef macrumors 601

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    The last time I used a keyboard designed for Windows, I think F12 would open and close the optical drive tray. Not sure if it has changed or or not.
     
  4. krye macrumors 68000

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    Just give the drawer a gentle push. It's designed to close with a push.
     
  5. Xer0dIn thread starter macrumors member

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    I do like it, but I like the DiNovo Edge even better :)
     
  6. Xer0dIn thread starter macrumors member

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    That doesn't work, I've tried other key combinations as well with the F12 key.
     
  7. Xer0dIn thread starter macrumors member

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    I didn't want to do that because I thought that decreases the lifespan of your drives. I think theres third party software out there that will let you close and open drive that sits in your task tray. I haven't tried looking for any yet. Looks like that may be my best option. I really don't want to push the drives close.
     
  8. pastrychef macrumors 601

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    You could try using this:

    http://www.creativetechs.com/tips/quicktips_51.html

    When the tray is open and you click it, it closes the tray.
     
  9. cal6n macrumors 68000

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    Go here:

    /System/Library/CoreServices/Menu Extras/

    Double click on Eject.menu and you'll have an eject icon on your menu bar.

    For more option settings, install TinkerTool.
     
  10. surflordca macrumors 6502a

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    Try going into the Keyboard & Mouse setting, keyboard and check (use standard F keys)
     
  11. Xer0dIn thread starter macrumors member

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    I won't be able to try anything until this evening, but I'm talking about Windows, not OS X. The eject and close work perfectly fine in OS X with a non-apple keyboard. I can't get the drives to close in windows because I'm using a non-apple keyboard.
     
  12. phoxrenvatio macrumors regular

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    why would you want a mac to only run windows?
     
  13. 4JNA macrumors 68000

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    trake this tray and shove it.

    first thought. i've been building computers and pushing drives closed for more than 20 years. really. i never push a key/button, and have never had a failure due to using the brute force method.

    but, if you want an alternative, i can recommend hotkey as working well with xp. $10 alternative to giving the tray a little bump. ;) best of luck.
     
  14. benpatient macrumors 68000

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    i'll second the "just give it a nudge" opinion...

    I've been closing optical drives this way since you had to put the CD into a cassette and push THAT into the drive bay. I've never, ever, ever had any trouble with one breaking. The only drives that seem to break (unless you just punch the thing or hit it with a hammer or something extreme) are the slot-loading ones or the really thin laptop tray drives. They are very fragile in general and not my favorite things...

    The mac pro's drive has a little actuator in there that senses a "close" push and takes over the action from you, just like automatic minivan sliding doors.

    Too bad apple doesn't want us to be able to touch the button on the front of the drive for aesthetic reasons...otherwise you'd just be able to push the physical "eject" button on the drive and it would close back up.

    optical drives cost 20-40 bucks anyway, so if you somehow break one, it isn't the end of the world...chances are a 25 dollar drive you buy at newegg will be better than the one that shipped with your mac pro anyway, as sad as that is...
     
  15. Joke81 macrumors newbie

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    I've just connected my new Logitech Denovo edge. The F12 key worked right away. Just remember to hold it down for a few seconds.
     

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