Forcing a macbook to eject a CD

When Apple designed the Macbook, they apparently decided that they were one button short on the keyboard, and so they added a button with an eject sign on it. Thats not a bad idea as one could need the mac to eject a CD or DVD. Now, the problem is that the button in question do not work until you have booted into OSX (or any other operating system supporting the button) and that can be a problem.

I've burned a boot cd, to try out, so I put it in my mac and rebooted. The problem came when I realized that the boot cd did not work, hence I could not boot nor eject the CD. I googled a bit and I found this solution:

  1. Shut down the computer by holding the power button down.
  2. Wait a few seconds.
  3. Turn on the computer.
  4. When you hear the macbook startup sound, press and hold on the trackpad button.
  5. The CD or DVD should now eject

Please note that it didn't work the first time I tried it, so don't give up after the first try.

Written by Jannich Brendle ons 13 august 2008 In How to

tags: forcemacbookstupid hardware