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SOURCE: Disk won't eject on my iMac

Ok, I assume you have hit the eject button on the keyboard. Try dragging the CD icon on the desktop to the trash can. If that doesn't work, Shut down the computer and start up while holding down the mouse button. This may take some time, but keep your finger on the mouse button right up until the disc comes out or the log-in screen has appeared. Some Macintoshes have a paperclip hole that you can insert a straightened paperclip into, manually triggering the eject mechanism. Another option is to open Disk Utility and choose the disc you wish to eject in the left-hand pane, then click on the Eject button. Sometimes you can successfully use the eject disc button in iTunes even if the disc is not visible to the Finder. Another option is to Open Terminal and type "drutil tray eject" to eject the disc/tray, and "drutil tray close" to close the tray. Lastly if your computer has an eject button on the keyboard, restart the computer holding down the Option key. When the startup disk selection screen appears, let go of the option key and press the keyboard's eject button. One of these should work.

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SOURCE: iMac disk drive is sick

From what you say this is most likely caused by one of 2 possible issues. Either the lens is dirty, or the laser in the drive is going out.For a dirty lens, just try one of those lens cleaning discs. If this doesn't fix it, then you likely need a new drive. If your machine is still under warranty, just bring it to a authorized mac service place and they will fix it for free. Or you can just get an external dvd burner and plug it into one of your usb ports.

If not, its a fairly simple fix. Since you have leopard then you have an intel imac. You can find the drive you need on ebay for between 40-80. Just run a search for "imac superdrive". This will return the the results you need for a dvd burner that works in your mac.

To replace the drive, you will need a torx set. You can get them cheap at sears or most hardware places. These are the screwdrivers with a star looking thing on the end.

To get into your mac, place it screen down on a towel, so you don't scratch the screen. Remove the RAM cover, the one were your memory is. Then remove all of the screws at the bottom of the mac. After that, lift on its leg, the back panel should lift out from the bottom to the top. In the upper left corner you will see your drive. It will look like the ones in the picture on your search on ebay. There's a couple different ways they put them in there but its always fairly obvious how they come out. Take the old one out and put the new one in, replace the cover, replace the screws and you are good to go.

NOTE: If when you go to lift the back cover, all the guts want to come out, then its a bit more involved to get into it. If this is the case let me know and I will email you step by step instructions with pics. And DON"T try to lift out all the guts from the back.

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Shut down the mac by holding in the power button for about 10 seconds.
Is the CD a system CD or something else?
If it's a system CD restart the mac and hold down the letter C on the keyboard. after about 30 seconds the mac should boot up into installation mode. If it does, click on the language then then at the next page go up to the menu bar and locate Utilities and disk utility. Run the disk repair then try and restart. (The flashing ? means that the computer cannot find a start-up drive with a valid system on it. The repair routine can sometimes fix that - it doesn't always though.)
If it's not a system CD and you obviously need to get it out before you can do anything else - restart the mac but this time instead of holding down the C key, hold down the click on the mouse. It takes 10 to 15 seconds (sometimes longer) but it will force the computer to eject t the CD.

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