My G4 doesn't have a button to manually open it and the only way the "Help" says to open it is to use the Mac keyboard that comes with the computer. However I want to use an ergonomic keyboard, so.... unless I keep a CD in the drive at all times... I can't open it. Any ideas?
Got to highlight the disk first. You could also press Apple-Y (for put away)
>>Small hole on the face plate.
That is for emergencies. The driver face plate is covered with another plate. So this whole is not accessible. You can use the eject button on the second plate during the first steps of startup, to eject the disk.
If a CD is not mounted, you can have an AppleScript that opens the tray...I think an AppleScipt is included that will do that...do a search for "eject" or "open" and see if it shows (it is generally in the Scripts folder in the System Folder). If you can't find it, use this one (for pre-OS X):