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Dvd stuck in ibook g4 disc drive

I have an ibook g4 and i have a dvd stuck in the drive. i have tried everything- holding down trackpad button while rebooting, selecting eject in other applications besides dvd player, using terminal command for eject, tilting, shoving credit card and cardboard in drive. nothing will work. what else can i do, or are there any other specific instructions for manually cramming something in the drive, because that is what i think i need to do. it reads the disc fine and the disc plays fine, i just cannot remove it. when it goes to eject it, it makes a noise like it is going to come out, but it never does.

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Here's possibility 1: from the apple forums" We had a repair come in at work with excactly the same issue, I managed to correct the issue by correcting the CD-Drive connection to the logic board, the customer had a very VERY big smile on his face once I had fixed. I felt so happy after this repair, unfortunatly, it earned our AASP no money tho. But it made me happy to see a smile I caused.
Possibility 2: firmware command:To eject a disc with Open Firmware commands, follow these steps:
1. Restart the computer .
2. Immediately after the startup sound, press and hold the key
combination Command-Option-O-F.
Note: The Command key has the Apple icon on it.
3. Release the keys when you see a white screen that says "Welcome to
Open Firmware."
4. At the prompt, type: eject cd
5. Press Return, then wait a few seconds. The disc drive should eject
any disc that is present, and "ok" appears behind your command when the
action is complete.
6. Type: mac-boot
7. Press Return.

Possiblity 3

If you can't get the CD to eject normally, reboot and hold the Option key. You'll see a startup drive select window. When the cursor changes to an arrow, (be patient, it may take a minute or two) then press your eject key, the CD will eject. You can also try holding the mouse/trackpad button down during a restart.

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I've had that happen with my ibook g4 before. I ended up just taking the whole laptop apart and opening the dvd drive to get it out. Not an easy task, but not impossible. Plenty of teardown instructions on the net with pictures, find one for your exact model and you're good to go.

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If the drive is tray load, there will be a pin hole on the tray you can place a straightened paper clip into, push in and out till you feel the lever inside, push in firmly and tray will eject :) goodluck, the top answer was quite well set out but from what you were saying you had already tried all this... goodluck, Chas

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If you restart the computer and just after it restarts if you hold down the eject key on the keyboard it should eject the disc, if not I would check to see if there is a tiny hole on the disc drive that you can stick a paper clip in - not sure if the ibook will have it but worth while checking.

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1. Restart the computer.
2. Immediately after the startup sound, press and hold the key
combination Command-Option-O-F.
Note: The Command key has the Apple icon on it.
3. Release the keys when you see a white screen that says "Welcome to
Open Firmware."
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