I have Johnny Cash forever! Or so it seems. I went to digitize American Recordings III and the CD stuck in my PowerBook G4. Using the various eject procedures results in a tiny edge of the CD peeking at me for a fraction of
a second then disappearing. On the upside, I can listen to “I won’t back down” anytime I want too.

Is there an easy way for me to get the damn thing to eject — or should I head out to the “genius bar”?

Things I’ve tried:

    drag cd to wastebasket
    pressing eject botton
    holding function and pressing eject button
    rebooting
    rebooting with trackpad button held down

I believe that the cd is experiencing some kind of resistance and so backs itself back into the player.

AHA! UPDATE: I took a key and gently but firmly nudged the slot a little larger or upward. (aka the caveman method of computer repair). The disk ejected just as if things were normal.

4 Responses to “Stuck CD in PowerBook”
  1. Brian R. says:

    For future reference… Holding the eject or space bar button *while booting* should eject a CD from a drive on the mac. :)

  2. Paul says:

    The trackpad trick was supposed to do the same thing as the eject trick (both at reboot), but I had a physical problem that only the caveman could get at!
    Thanks. Will add spacebar holddown to my bag of tricks too.

  3. Paul says:

    Simon Spero posts this response to a listserv:

    I hear those disks a spinning, a?spinning in those racks
    But I ain’t seen the sunshine since I hit this Mac
    I’m stuck in Jone’s G4, despite his drag and drop
    But those disks just keep a bootin’ for all those op-ter-ons.

    When I was just a floppy, my momma told me, ‘Son
    Always be a good boy, don’t install version one.
    But I installed Berkeley Reno, just to run vi
    When I hear that data flowing, I hang my head and cry.

  4. Oliver says:

    Crowbar/chisle/hamer/foot/chainsaw/angle grinder/banana homock….
    Mine just spat it out after a while.

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