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Open and close the CD tray with the keyboard Oct 01, '01 The good news for you non-Apple keyboard users is that the F12 key appears to do the same thing on most every Mac that has a tray-based CD system. The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. This site is not responsible for what they say.
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Bad idea Authored by: DavidRavenMoon on Oct 11, '01 Open everything Authored by: UncleAlias on Oct 04, '01 F12 does not only open the internal CD tray, but it seems to affect all CDs. My Que! Posted by: Glenn says: November 9, at 8: Leave a Reply Click here to cancel reply.
Instead, Apple made use of the ability of optical drives to respond to an open or close command sent over the drive's electrical interface.
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External optical drives typically respond to the seven methods of ejecting a CD or DVD on a Mac, but they also have a few tricks of their own. The external eject button's function can be overridden if your Mac thinks the optical disc is in use. You can get around this problem by first quitting the app that is using the optical drive and then using the external eject button.
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Once the disc is ejected, you can restart the Mac. External optical drives are usually made from standard optical drives mounted in an external case. The drive can usually be removed from the case.
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Once removed, the drive tray may expose the eject hole that was covered up by the enclosure, and you can use the paperclip method. When nothing seems to work, it may be time to break out a flat blade screwdriver. Tray-based optical drives can have their trays forced open with the aid of a prying device. Here's how:. Gently lever the tray open.