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My 20 inch imac wont stop trying to eject stuck dvd

My 20 inch imac keeps trying to eject dvd but it wont come out. I've tried all of the shutdown restart options with no luck. Computer was bought new in May 09 from best buy. Anything I can do besides being without my mac for a period of time?

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Not if you don't want to ruin the warranty.
maybe a certified repair shop can replace the drive for you.

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