Open PowerMac G5 SuperDrive??

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by osxoverwin, Oct 16, 2011.

  1. osxoverwin macrumors newbie

    Oct 9, 2011
    Hi guys,
    here's the thing: I might buy a PowerMac G5 from eBay but it comes w/o OS X installed, so obviously there's nothing to boot from. I don;t mind the install, but how can I open the SuperDrive without and Apple keyboard (so no dedicated "Eject" key)? I don;t think the paperclip trick will work as I don't think there's a "emergency eject hole" open since Apple his the drive so well and only the door is available. What if I boot up pressing ALT (Windows keyboard, should work, right?) and then select the SuperDrive, will it open?

  2. eyoungren macrumors Core


    Aug 31, 2011
    ten-zero-eleven-zero-zero by zero-two
    The G5 I have at work has a normal drive with the hole for a paper clip. You just need to get the drive door slid down. That's not too hard (I've done it before). You can do it with your fingers if you press against the door and push it down.

    may help.

    Also there is the Eject icon for the menu bar.
  3. osxoverwin thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 9, 2011
    Oh, didn't know they had the eject hole, or the F12 thing!:eek:
    Thx man! Cheers!
  4. Tanner1294 macrumors newbie

    Oct 28, 2011
    Another way is when the computer's booting hold down the left mouse button. After a while it will eject whatever's in the drive. The reason being in case the OS doesn't recognize a disc in the drive so it won't let you eject (like in a slot loading drive). I had the same issue with my PowerMac G4 Quicksilver (I'm typing on it now haha). It had no OS and I couldn't open the drive! I found the paperclip hole but it was too far below the casing so I couldn't reach it. Wonderful computer though. Even at 733mhz and Tiger! :D

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