I just had an audio cd get stuck in my G4 powerbook (rev 2 667 Mhz, combo drive). It was a mechanical
problem as the OS still saw the CD and it tried to eject it but couldn’t. Most of the fixes I found on the
web were for problems where the CD didn’t show up at all. I tried rebooting with no change and I tried
squeezing on the powerbook case around the combo drive in case something was stuck or something. I then
decided to let good ol’ gravity help out. I first held the powerbook so the combo drive was vertical with
the slot facing straight down while pushing the eject button. No luck. Then I tried holding the powerbook
upside down and voila it popped right out when I pushed the eject button. Nice. Sometimes it’s the simple
fix that does the trick.
UPDATE: It turns out I now have to hold my powerbook upside down every time I want to eject a cd. It’s more of a workaround than a fix, I guess.
UPDATE2: More of a real fix for this problem is to stick a quarter in the cd slot opening a little ways and just twist it a bit. Don’t twist too hard, obviously! This worked for me and popped things back into place so it worked perfectly again afterwards.