Force eject CD/DVD stuck in Apple computer

CD or DVD stuck in your Macbook or Macbook Pro or refusing to eject? Here’s a quick fix.

If you’ve got a CD or DVD that simply refuses to eject from your Apple computer, whether it’s an iMac, MacPro or Macbook there’s a simple solution.

To eject a stuck disc:
Press and hold your mouse or trackpad button during bootup

  1. Power down the device completely
  2. Press and hold your mouse button/trackpad button and keep it held down
  3. Press the power button to turn it back on while keeping mouse button down
  4. Keep holding the mouse/trackpad button and eventually the CD or DVD should eject itself and then the computer will continue to boot as normal.

NOTE: I’m not sure if this technique still works with wireless (Bluetooth) pointing devices such as the Magic Mouse and Magic Trackpad but I will endeavour to test this later and update this post.

Macbook Air screen now folds flat. Broken hinge?

My Macbook Air screen normally only opens to just past vertical, which was a little annoying. Now it appears the hinge has snapped/broken and the screen folds almost completely flat. There are some photos of something that snapped off the hinge too.

UPDATE 29th August 2009 – Apple have finally acknowledged there is an issue with the MacBook Air hinges and is offering to repair/replace any faulty hinges even if the warranty has expired. Click here to read the full article on Apple’s website.

macbook_air_broken_hinge_12I bought my MacBook Air in Feb 2008 and for the last 11 months I’ve always been frustrated with the restrictive screen angle. It didn’t seem to go much past vertical (roughly 120°) so there were certain situations when I had it on my lap where I could not get the screen back far enough to view comfortably.

Unfortunately (or fortunately depending on how you look at it) my MacBook Air hinge broke/snapped the other day and this has resulted in the screen folding almost completely flat (roughly 160°).

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Macbook Air loses time when battery runs flat

My Macbook Air keeps warning me that the date and time is incorrect whenever I reboot after the main battery has been run completely flat. The onboard CMOS battery is at fault and Apple have acknowledged that it needs to be taken in for repair.

Ever since I bought my MacBook Air nearly a year ago I’ve been plagued with a constant annoying problem, if I let the battery run completely flat, when I connect to a power source I get a warning saying my computers date is set earlier that March 24th 2001.

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