MP All Models stuck DVD ROM drive on 2008 Mac Pro

wfriedwald

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at one point, the internal DVD ROM drive on my 2008 Mac Pro stopped working - so I had it replaced with a new DVD ROM drive. This was about 2014. But about a year later, that new drive also stopped working.

I have an external DVD ROM drive, which sometimes gets stuck, but when that happens, there's a little pin hole on the lower right side of the door. When I stick a paper clip (straightened out) in there, the drive opens.

my question: is there any way to physically open the INTERNAL DVD ROM drive in the same fashion? Is there a tiny little hole somewhere, where I can stick in a paper clip or something?

need to knows! thanks!

w
 

MSastre

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I find that a shut down and restart, or just a restart, will open the CD/DVD drive. You can also try to eject from whatever burn program you are using.
 

wfriedwald

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tried pushing the "OPEN" button on the apple app DVD PLAYER... no dice! I don't believe a disc is still in there currently (alas, it's been at least three years since I have used it)
 

chrfr

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at one point, the internal DVD ROM drive on my 2008 Mac Pro stopped working - so I had it replaced with a new DVD ROM drive. This was about 2014. But about a year later, that new drive also stopped working.

I have an external DVD ROM drive, which sometimes gets stuck, but when that happens, there's a little pin hole on the lower right side of the door. When I stick a paper clip (straightened out) in there, the drive opens.

my question: is there any way to physically open the INTERNAL DVD ROM drive in the same fashion? Is there a tiny little hole somewhere, where I can stick in a paper clip or something?

need to knows! thanks!

w
Restart the computer while holding the mouse button down. This will cause the Mac to open the drive.
 

Chung123

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at one point, the internal DVD ROM drive on my 2008 Mac Pro stopped working - so I had it replaced with a new DVD ROM drive. This was about 2014. But about a year later, that new drive also stopped working.

I have an external DVD ROM drive, which sometimes gets stuck, but when that happens, there's a little pin hole on the lower right side of the door. When I stick a paper clip (straightened out) in there, the drive opens.

my question: is there any way to physically open the INTERNAL DVD ROM drive in the same fashion? Is there a tiny little hole somewhere, where I can stick in a paper clip or something?

need to knows! thanks!

w
You can slide the Mac Pro door down and you can see the hole to insert a paper clip. Sometimes the tray opening belt on the DVD-ROM drive gets gummy and stick.
 

wfriedwald

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tried both, no dice; holding the mouse button down (the standard left click, on a trackball, actually), that didn't do anything. And also poking around for a pin hole, I poked and I poked but I couldn't find one.

no dice, alas.

w