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Trouble Ejecting Disks

There's a DVD in the disk drive of my MacBook that won't come out. I hit eject, the drive makes weird noises, and the DVD reloads itself. There is no emergency eject button, and I can't get the disk out by hand. Help please?

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Re: Trouble Ejecting Disks

Turn your laptop upside down. Whilst it's upside down, press the eject button!!!!

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Re: Trouble Ejecting Disks

I tried EVERYTHING and nothing would work, but the last posting FINALLY helped!!! (thanks pezman!). i plugged in my computer and just let it sit. The disc finally ejected!! THANKS SO MUCH!!

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The usual solution is to press and hold the trackpad button when booting your MacBook. If you tried that and it fails there is another method that works sometimes. Just power up your MacBook and leave it alone for about 10 minutes. You have to have it plugged in for this to work, not running from the battery. It will eventually boot up and the CD/DVD will automatically eject.

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Try this on the side of your player there is a small button that you can press with a safety pen our stick pen hold for 2sec it should release your DVD player

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How to eject a cd

A few ways of doing this

1) restart mac and press down the trackpad button after you hear the startup noise

2) if that does not work try opening up disk utility which is located in applications and then in the utilities folder and click on the icon of your disk under the left hand column then go up to eject button and click eject

3) or open up terminal found in the utilities folder within your applications folder and then type in
drutil tray eject and then press return

4) Finally what to do is try pick up your macbook tilt the
macbook to the one side and press the eject key and hopefully the effect of gravity will allow the CD to fall out.
However, I would say that DVDicon1.png drives in all macs are a bit suspect and if your macbook is still under warranty or under AppleCare take it back to the Apple Store and tell them that the DVD drive is faulty and they should replace it free off charge. Hope this helps.

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My macbook air disk drive doesn't take any cds in

Thanks for asking your question with Fixya Support. I will be glad to assist you.

For simple but in-depth troubleshooting, I suggest this link for you to review in regards to working toward resolving the Macbook Air SuperDrive CD /DVD issues.
If the guide provided above does not resolve the problem, then the issue here is that your USB Superdrive (unless you are using a different non-Apple 3rd party CD/DVD drive) is experiencing a mechanical failure.

This Apple external USB CD/DVD SuperDrive is fairly straight-forward in its use.

Now if the issue you were having had something to do with only a DVD or CD constantly ejecting automatically after you placed such a disk in the drive, that would be different.

In this case however, if the guide above does not help and you are experiencing the SuperDrive working intermittently, my advice, is to take your Macbook Air with the external SuperDrive in to your local Apple retail store Genius bar or Apple Authorized service provider for a free diagnostics to determine the root cause of the SuperDrive failing intermittently.

Feel free to reply back if you have any questions regarding the information I have provided you.


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How can i remove the dvd from my mac, it is stuck. macbook pro 17 inch

A few ways of doing this

restart mac and press down the trackpad after you hear the startup noise

if that does not work try opening up disk utility and click on the icon of your disk under the left hand column then go up to eject button and click eject

or open up terminal found in the utilities folder within your applications folder and then type in
drutil tray eject and then press return

Finally what to do is try pick up your macbook tilt the macbook to the one side and ise the eject key and hopefully the effect of gravity will allow the DVD to fall out.

One other way to do it which I have used recently but IT CAN BREAK THE DVD DRIVE, so only use it as a last resort. Get a thin piece of plastic and put a piece of double sided tape on it then with the macbook switched off insert the piece of plastic with the tape facing down in relation to the keyboard. Put it in about half an inch and you may be able to drag the dvd out.

Hope this helps.

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Grey Screen Apple Start up issue

It appears there may be a possible startup item or issue with your firmware, which may be causing this issue, so I am going to provide some procedures in order to help you resolve this gray screen issue. But first, let me help you remove that disc first:

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Here are some steps I recommend you try to resolve the issue with the disc not ejecting properly

• Reboot your Mac
• Hold down your Mouse button(s) prior to the Apple Chime
• Keep holding the mouse button down while your Mac boots up
• The disc should eject before you reach your Desktop
• When it does, simply release your mouse buttons.
If this does not help resolve ejecting the disc in your Macbook's drive, you are going to have to take more of a command-line approach:

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From your Desktop:
•Click anywhere on a blank space on your desktop. Now you should see Finder listed near the Apple menu icon.

• From the Finder menu, click on Go, then Utilities from the
drop-down menu. This will take you to your Utilities folder.

• Locate and open the Terminal utility
• At prompt, type: drutil eject

• Now
press the Return key on your keyboard

(NOTE: If you have a CD/DVD drive with a tray, type: drutil tray open press the Return key on your keyboard )en
• This command line should eject the disc from the drive, unless there are mechanical issues with the drive within your Macbook.
At this point the disc should be ejected from your Macbook. If this is the case, then I will now need to direct you back to Safe Boot mode, but with a little twist, from what you may have tried when you last when to Safe Mode:

I am going to have you take your Mac into Safe Mode to see if we can't remove a possible folder(s) that may be affecting your Mac's start up function.

Try these steps:
• Reboot your Mac
• Upon restarting your Mac, press the Shift key.
• Hold the Shift key until you see a White Screen with Gray Apple icon and eventually a spinning gear.
• When you see the Spinning gear, release the Shift key.
• Allow the Mac to continue booting up. Also this may take a little while.
(NOTE: this may take anywhere from 5 to 15 minutes to load to the Safe mode screen depending on the performance of your Mac, but if it exceeds this time, shutdown your Mac and try just once more. It may have just frozen up the first time around for you.)
• You are going to enter the Safe Mode (which looks like your main desktop environment the only difference is certain start up items are disabled.)

• Once within the Desktop in Safe Mode
• From the Finder Menu, click Go> Go to Folder
• Type in this line: /System/Library/StartupItems
• This path, is going to take you to the System Library folder which has all of your Mac OS X Startupitems.
• Remove all of those folders to the Trash.

*Reboot your Mac normally and see if you can access your normal User desktop environment.

Post back to me, if these particular Safeboot procedure does not help. Thanks!



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My mac keeps ejecting any dvd i put in?

Because this could go in the way of a hardware issue or be an issue with the types of DVDs you are using (even legal and commercial copies), so I have three procedures below, I would suggest you try, in order to resolve your Macbook issue with auto-ejecting DVDs.

Procedure #1
The Parameter RAM Reset is a good troubleshooting process for working with various functions including refresh rate, screen resolutions, and DVD region issues to name a few.

• First, shut your Macbook down properly
• Once your Mac is shutdown, locate the following keys on the keyboard:
Command, Option, P, and R.

You will need to hold those keys down simultaneously .

• Now turn on the Macbook.
• Press and hold the Command-Option-P-R keys.

• You must press this key combination before the gray screen appears.

• Now, hold the keys down until the computer restarts and you hear the start up sound for the third time.
• Release the keys and allow the Macbook to start up.
Run the next procedure (below) from within your Mac OS X Desktop.
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Go to Finder Menu bar
• Click Go > Utilities > Disk Utility and open up Disk Utility app.
• Click on Macintosh HD volume (or on the name you have changed this volume to.)
• Select "Repair Disk Permissions"
**Let Disk Utility run this repair permissions until completion

Once Disk Utility is complete and there are no errors in red in the completion summary, quit Disk Utility.

Proceed to the last procedure.
Procedure #3:
Check this Apple support page for Macbooks and make sure your Macbook is update on its firmware and SMC updates:
Apple Macbook Support page
•Now try a few types of DVDs, commercial, burned and blank DVDs and if you have different brands of blank DVDs make sure to try them as well.
Apple has done it best, by providing a great support page, that I would like to provide you as a final troubleshooting support option:

Apple Support Link:
Troubleshooting the slot load optical disc drive
You have your work cut out for you, but not to worry, follow these procedures listed in this post and in the links I have provided and you will have an answer as to if the issue with the DVDs auto-eject from your Macbook, is a hardware, software or DVD disc issue.



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