You’ve been relaxing to your favorite Kenny G CD, but now its time to switch it up and listen to some Beach Boys. You hit the eject button in iTunes and…….nothing!
Now you don’t mind listening to Kenny, but not forever. Give Me My Beach Boys!!!
Well, there are a couple of things you can do to force eject the CD.
First, close iTunes or whichever music app you’re using. Sometimes an application doesn’t know when to let go of controlling the optical drive.
Second, use the keyboard Eject button and see if that works. On most Mac-Based Laptops it is the key directly under or under and to the left of the power button.
If this still does not eject the drive, it’s time to reboot.
Restart the computer and after the chime, press and hold down the left mouse button until the disc ejects.
If this still does not eject the CD, open terminal in Applications/Utilities/Terminal and type:
drutil tray eject
and press enter.
BUT I HAVE A PC LAPTOP!
PC Laptops are a little different in how they handle Optical drive ejects.
Some things are similar. First, make sure you close the application you are using to access the CD. This may be MediaMonkey, or iTunes, or WinAmp or even the built in Windows CD player. Whatever program it is, close it. Then try the eject button on the Optical Drive.
Just like the MacBooks, some PC laptops have an eject button on the keyboard. They may be a little difficult to find but look for the Eject Symbol on the top, sides and front of the laptop.
Most laptops have optical drives with eject buttons built in. Try this button next.
If none of these works, it’s time to restart your PC laptop. Once it is restarted, try the keyboard eject button and the optical drive eject button again.
If the disc will still not come out it’s time for the PAPERCLIP! Yes, you heard it right. A PAPERCLIP!
Take a paper clip and unbend it so that you have at least a 3” section that is straight.
Then you will need to find the Eject Hole in your optical drive.
Next, you will push the paper clip end straight into the hole until you feel a little bit of resistance and apply just a bit more pressure and…..
Viola! Who would’ve thought that such a mundane office supply can do wonders.
Unless the CD itself is damaged (in which case it’s time to take your laptop to the Apple Store or bring it to us!) you should have your Kenny G back and be rocking to the Beach Boys in no time.