Paperclip CD eject w/ 12" iBook G4?

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by nagromme, Dec 30, 2004.

  1. nagromme macrumors G5


    May 2, 2002
    Is there an eject-hole hidden on the iBook G4 (12" Combo)? I could poke around inside the slot, but since it's not MY iBook, I'd rather know exactly WHERE before I apply any force!

    I'm looking for a way to eject a CD during sleep, and a paperclip salute seems to be the only likely way.

  2. nagromme thread starter macrumors G5


    May 2, 2002
    2 other machines I might use (SuperDrive models)

    What about on an AlBook (15")?

    Or the old sunflower iMac G4? It's not slot-load, but I still see no obvious eject hole when I look behind the hatch. I see mechanisms, but again, I don't want to apply force blindly. (I know how much force it takes to paper-clip eject my eMac!)

    Any way to physically eject any of these 3 Macs, without taking them apart?

  3. yippy macrumors 68020


    Mar 14, 2004
    Chicago, IL
    I believe there is a way to paperclip eject it. However, if you are having troubles ejecting it, first try rebooting and holding down the mouse/trackpad button while it starts up. If there is a CD in the drive, that should eject it unless there is something physicaly wrong that would require repairing it, in witch case you have to take it apart anyway.
  4. Macmaniac macrumors 68040


    On the iMac G4, open the door and look for a small hole on one side of the CD drive that is where you stick the paper clip.
    On the Powerbook and iBook look at the area where the CD comes out, there should be a small hole where the CD comes out, either on the left or right hand side, this is where you insert the paper clip.
    Look at this picture you are looking for a hole like this, this is on a slot-loading iMac G3 but the hole is the same, the red paper clip indicates the hole.

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  5. nagromme thread starter macrumors G5


    May 2, 2002
    Thanks! But I don't see those holes on these 3 Macs.

    The iMac G4 is one of the first made--I see no hole anywhere, unfortunately. Maybe they added that later.

    The two laptops have that same foam edge your picture shows... but without the hole!

    Should I push in at that spot on the right anyway, or does the eject mechanism vary too much? One is a Combo (iBook) and the other is a SuperDrive (PB).

    (Thanks for the other tips too. I'm not having problems ejecting, but I want to eject WHILE an app is using a CD: put the Mac to sleep and then pop the CD out. I'll put it back in before waking, so the Mac will never know the difference. I've done that before to play an occasional 2-Mac LAN game of UT2004. But that's with my eMac, where there's an eject hole.)
  6. TLRedhawke macrumors 6502

    Sep 17, 2004
    Apple actually eliminated the paperclip hole on the slot loading laptops, probably rightly presuming that people would poke around inside the slot and bork the drive. It's best to just reboot the computer while holding the click button. The CD will then eject itself.
  7. cfd macrumors member

    Nov 29, 2004
    In Terminal, do a "df" command to find the disk volume name. Then "hdiutil eject disk1 -force" replacing disk1 with whatever the df command returns for the CD.
  8. nagromme thread starter macrumors G5


    May 2, 2002

    I still need a way to eject WHILE an app is running (no reboot) and the Mac is asleep. (The CD will eject normally just fine--not stuck.) No big deal, but if anyone has an answer it could be useful. I've heard that the eject hole on some slot-Macs is behind the foam--not presented to the user, but there if you know where?
  9. jared_kipe macrumors 68030


    Dec 8, 2003

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