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This wil show you how to take it apart if that becomes necessary. But try this instead. First hold the eject button down for 5 seconds. I that fails look for a tiny hole near the disc slot. Use a straightened paper clip and push it in the hole firmly. This should eject the disc. Another option is to use firmware to eject the disc. Follow these directions:
To eject a disc with Open Firmware commands, follow these steps:
Restart the computer.
Immediately after the startup sound, press and hold the key combination Command-Option-O-F. Note: The Command key has the Apple and () icons on it.
Release the keys when you see a white screen that says "Welcome to Open Firmware."
At the prompt, type: eject cd
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.
It may be stuck so what you can try are one of these options:
Option# 1 * Shutdown your iMac G4 * Before you turn on your iMac, hold down your mouse button(s). * Turn your iMac on still holding the mouse button(s) down. * You will need to keep holding, until your disc ejects as your iMac starts up. That should do it.
Option# 2 If it does not, try using the Terminal utility to attempt to eject the disc.
* Click anywhere on the blank space of your desktop and then you should see Finder appear near the Apple menu icon located in the upper left corner of your screen.
* Now from the Finder menu, select Go > Utilities. * Within the Utilities folder. locate the Terminal application and launch it. * When the screen prompt appears, type: drutil tray eject
Option# 3 If that does not work, you can also try ejecting the cd using Open Firmware:
* Restart your Mac and hold these keys: * Hold Command, Option, O and F keys while booting up.
* Now type: eject cd
To exit the open firmware screen type: mac-boot
One of these 3 methods should eject your disc. ------------------------------------------------------------------------ If not, you may have a genuinely stuck CD in your drive and may need to take your iMac in to your local Apple retail store Genius bar or local Apple-authorized service center to have it safely and correctly removed.
Honestly, however, I have this same type of iMacG4- you will probably have the cd out by Option # 2 :)
It would be very difficult to open up the imac to retrieve the disc as the CD drive is totally enclosed and would probably result in it not be functional after removing the disk. Have a look at the following article on the apple website http://support.apple.com/kb/HT3007?viewlocale=en_US as it does indicate that the slot loading imac does have a hole for paperclip ejection. You could also try opening up disk utility and and clicking on the icon of your disk under the left hand column then go up to eject button and click eject. Hope this helps.
The iMac (Slot loading) computer's disc eject mechanism is electrical instead of mechanical. To eject a CD-ROM disc at startup that contains system software, press the mouse button until the computer ejects the disc. If the disc does not contain system software, wait for the iMac to start up and drag the disc icon to the Trash.
If either of these steps fails to eject the disc, push the drive's manual eject button with a small, blunt object like a paper clip. This button is located to the right of the CD/DVD slot as shown in Figure 1. The computer must be turned on to eject a disc in this manner.
Figure 1 Manual eject button
Once the disc is ejected, it extends just beyond its center hole so you can remove it from the drive. If the disc fails to eject, while holding in the paper clip, use another CD to gently push against the inserted CD. This gentle pressure may help to release the inserted CD.
Important: After ejecting the disc with the manual eject button, you must restart the iMac in order for the CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive to work. DONT FORGET TO VOTE
Hi, Sorry to hear you are having problems,
One final test to try before declaring the drive dead:
Insert a bootable installation CD or DVD and restart right away. If the system ejects the disk, simply re-insert it as soon as possible after you hear the start up sound and then, immediately press the ( C ) button on your keyboard forcing the Mac to boot from the cd....
If your Mac boots, then the drive is OK it's your system that has a problem.
If the disk is ejected again, then you can declare the drive dead. It is a relatively inexpensive repair and if your Mac is still under warranty, then apple will take care of this no charge.