PowerPC-based Macintosh: How to eject a disc when other options don't work
On a PowerPC-based Macintosh (but not an Intel-based Macintosh), you may use Open Firmware to eject a CD or DVD disc when normal methods for ejecting it have not been successful.
Mac mini, Mac mini (Late 2005), Power Mac, PowerBook, Xserve, Xserve (Cluster Node), Xserve (Slot Load), Xserve G5, eMac, iBook, iMac (266 MHz), iMac (Flat Panel), iMac (Slot Loading), iMac (Summer 2000), iMac (Summer 2001), iMac (USB 2.0), iMac G5 (17-Inch iSight), iMac G5 (20-Inch iSight), iMac G5 ALS (17-Inch), iMac G5 ALS (20-Inch)
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.
- Type: mac-boot
- Press Return.
Your computer should now start up normally.