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Opening CD Drive on older G4
How do I do this without the Mac keyboard

 7:19 am on Jun 25, 2004 (gmt 0)

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?



 12:47 pm on Jun 25, 2004 (gmt 0)

If the computer is running, Press Apple-E.
If the computer is off, hold down the mouse button when you start it.


 1:00 pm on Jun 25, 2004 (gmt 0)

Does the G4 have a manual ejection hole on the drive? Small hole on the face plate - you can open it by inserting a paperclip end or something similiar.


 3:07 pm on Jun 25, 2004 (gmt 0)

>>If the computer is running, Press Apple-E.

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.


 3:11 pm on Jun 25, 2004 (gmt 0)

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):


If you want to use the keyboard, use the Keyboard Control Panel or Preference panel to assign one of those "F" keys to run the script.


 5:29 pm on Jun 28, 2004 (gmt 0)

OK, sorry for the lousy advice last time. To make up for it, here's the word straight from Apple:

If you have a keyboard without an eject key, press F12 (under Mac OS X 10.1 and later). Note: You must press the F12 key longer to prevent the tray from accidentally opening.


(BTW, "Press F12 key longer" means "Press it and hold it down.")

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