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Can't open the CD drive!
Huh?
kittimakai




msg:974330
 6:02 pm on Jul 5, 2004 (gmt 0)

This may sound like one of the most stupid questions on earth, for those who are already initiated, but how do I access the CD/DVD drive on a G5? There's no eject button! Using windows: I eject the CD tray, load, close, and it'll open the autoplay dialogue. Or I can open via windows explorer. Is there a similar method using finder to locate the drive?

Tia, Kitti.

 

microcars




msg:974331
 6:20 pm on Jul 5, 2004 (gmt 0)

is there something in the drive right now? If so, you should be able to drag it's icon to the trashcan in the dock and it will eject

I don't have a G5, but isn't there a Media Eject key on the keyboard?

sonjay




msg:974332
 10:28 pm on Jul 5, 2004 (gmt 0)

F12 opens the CD tray. If there's a CD in the drive already, as microcars pointed out, you can drag it to the trash to eject it, or control-click and choose Eject, or click the Eject symbol in the Finder Sidebar. The Apple keyboard also has an eject button, and most 3rd-party keyboards with extra buttons have one, too. But F12 works everywhere on all keyboards.

258cib




msg:974333
 11:51 pm on Jul 5, 2004 (gmt 0)

F12>>>> CD opens! Whoa! Cool. Even on my Powerbook with an expanded keyboard.
Learn something every day.

sun818




msg:974334
 3:17 am on Jul 6, 2004 (gmt 0)

Is the paperclip through the pinhole trick still possible with these newer machines?

kittimakai




msg:974335
 10:44 am on Jul 6, 2004 (gmt 0)

Thanks, who'd of known it'd be so much fun getting a CD in a MAC?

edit_g




msg:974336
 10:46 am on Jul 6, 2004 (gmt 0)

Is the paperclip through the pinhole trick still possible with these newer machines?

He he, and my human factors guy gives me stick for not using a Mac! ;)

kittimakai




msg:974337
 11:06 am on Jul 6, 2004 (gmt 0)

Another simple Mac Query:

We have OSX with MM MX and OS9 with PS and Quark , on the same G5 - how do I switch between the two quickly?

Tia, Kitti.

sonjay




msg:974338
 11:11 am on Jul 6, 2004 (gmt 0)

Boot into OSX. Then just launch any apps the usual way. Apps that only run under OS9 ("Classic") will launch Classic automatically. (As long as you have a Classic system selected in System Preferences -> Classic.)

Leosghost




msg:974339
 11:12 am on Jul 6, 2004 (gmt 0)

Macs are set up this way ( to be hard to get CD's into )in case the CD in question has recently been somewhere "unclean" like a PC running 'doze ;)

sonjay




msg:974340
 11:18 am on Jul 6, 2004 (gmt 0)

F12 is "hard to get CDs into"?

timster




msg:974341
 7:03 pm on Jul 6, 2004 (gmt 0)

Sonjay wrote:
But F12 works everywhere on all keyboards.

Not quite true. If the keyboard has a media eject key, then F12 on that keyboard does not eject the disk (i.e., you must use the media eject key).

On Mac keybaords from this century, just look for the eject symbol. If there's no dedicated media eject key, F12 will have the eject symbol on it.

Yes, this falls under the category of "so easy I forget how I do it."

sonjay




msg:974342
 2:27 am on Jul 7, 2004 (gmt 0)

Hmmm... my keyboard (a Macally imedia keyboard) has a media eject key, and F12 ejects.

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