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Can't get cd out of the drive, I can hear the machanics moving but no cd appears.

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  • natasha haymon Dec 29, 2008

    i have a emac and do not have a pin hole, but my disc is stuck----help!!!!

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Use a strenghten out paper clip insert it and prush in to the pin hole on the front of the CD drive, manaully pull out the CD tray and remove the CD. Push the CD tray back.
it will reset on the next computer restart.

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