Oops, I inserted a Mini-CD into my MBP - will not eject!

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  1. cokedrinker macrumors member

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    So, i inserted a mini-cd into my uMBP and its stuck in there!!! It was a driver cd for windows, and is not recognised in either windows or osx :/

    Any tips on how i may get it out?

    Cheers
     
  2. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    Hold the mouse button down on boot while holding the MBP so the slot is facing the ground. Let gravity do much of the work.
     
  3. UltraNEO* macrumors 601

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    Get a credit card and some double-sided tape/sticky-tape and manually pull the disk from the drive.
     
  4. dantherevelator macrumors regular

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    You might try shaking it. Be doggone careful, though.
     
  5. UltraNEO* macrumors 601

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    Oh, that doesn't work for me. The drives rollers ain't touching the smaller disc... atleast not on mine..
     
  6. sushi Moderator emeritus

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    Some tips have been provided.

    For future reference, please let us know what worked for you.

    TIA.
     
  7. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    That's why you hold it with the slot facing down. Gravity should pull the disc into the rollers. Your mileage may vary, but I've heard other have had luck with this method.
     
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  9. J&JPolangin macrumors 68030

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    ...how old is the machine?

    Just take it in and get it done right so you don't have more costly repairs ahead...
     
  10. UltraNEO* macrumors 601

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    Usually, your MBP/MB's optical drive won't know you've inserted a miniCD/miniDVD into the system, this is because the mechanical disc sensor is located towards the back of the unit, approximately 10cm from the front of the drive. On older slot loaders, the internal drive layout and functionality is slightly different, especially on those drives used in the older PowerBooks and G4 Cubes.

    Sure, pressing the eject might activate the drive but there's no physical contact with the smaller disk, that is, unless the disc is inseted to one side, inwhich case there's a silm possibility of retreving the media.
     
  11. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    When you hold the mouse button down on boot, it tries to force an eject, whether it thinks there is a disk in there or not. If gravity works, then the disc should fall into the rollers and be ejected during that process.
     
  12. Phatpat macrumors 6502a

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    I like how you think
     
  13. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    Yes. My method is sound. If it does not work for you, you should have the gravity in your area checked.
     
  14. UltraNEO* macrumors 601

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    Perhaps the OP should try both ways.. and see which works. :p
    Perhap non works? :eek::eek::eek:
     
  15. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    Maybe, like I said, your mileage may vary.
     
  16. daneoni macrumors G4

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    Try the above suggestions, try long tweezers/prongs or look for a 'specialist' shop to do the dirty work but DO NOT take it to the Genius Bar. They'll automatically void the warranty on your drive.
     
  17. UltraNEO* macrumors 601

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    Ouch!! Really? Man, That sucks! :mad:
     
  18. J&JPolangin macrumors 68030

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    ...:D:rolleyes::D...
     
  19. dsharits macrumors 68000

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    They'll only void the warranty if it's damaged the drive and it needs to be repaired....in which case it's void anyway.

    Don't tell him something that isn't true, when it may very well be the fix to his problem if he can't get it out at home.
     
  20. James Cole macrumors 6502

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    wow I didnt know that our computers cant load mini cds
     
  21. UltraNEO* macrumors 601

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    If you read the manual enclosed, you would already known... Since it does say.
     
  22. sushi Moderator emeritus

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    Nor can you load the credit card looking ones.

    Yes, but who reads the manual these days. Ha ha! :)
     
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  24. cokedrinker thread starter macrumors member

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    PROBLEM SORTED

    RJS and UltraNeo are both LEGENDS. A combination of the two resolved the problem nicely, and i cant see how i could possibly have caused any damage to the drive.... Its working perfect at the moment anyway.

    RJS method got the CD to fall down to that cloth layer, but not past it - The side of the cd was barely protruding by the cloth. Then i put double sided sticky tape on one side of a plastic card, pushed it in over the top of where the cd was protruding, and it slid out nicely.

    Cheers fellas!

    Now i have another problem. I had to use my keycard as i could not find my damn credit card. Any suggestions on where that might be!?!?!?
     
  25. amorican macrumors member

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    I have your credit card.:D Don't worry, I'm just gonna buy one BTO 17" unibody, then I'll return it to you.
     

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