There are several options to eject a CD or DVD when the mac mini fails to boot, but most of them dont work if you do not have a mac keayboard at hand. The following options work with a PC keayboard and mouse:

Press the left mouse key while you restart the mac or as alternative press [F12] while the mac is restarted. You have to keep the key pressed until the CD is ejected.

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12 thoughts on “How to eject a CD on a MAC mini with PC keyboard and mouse

  • October 28, 2009 at 12:31 am
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    won’t work if you are using a wireless keyboard and mouse. if you happen to have a usb mouse, plug it in and hold the left mouse button when rebooting.

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    • July 20, 2010 at 1:55 am
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      In my case it WORKED with a wireless keyboard as well. Just hold F12 as the computer boots, and keep holding it.

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  • November 12, 2010 at 5:45 pm
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    Worked great!

    Thanks!

    I’ve tried several methods with no luck until this one.
    :o)

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  • March 12, 2011 at 11:19 am
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    hi…
    this is really a very useful information….but as i have tested….it does not work with wireless keyboard….please suggest a remedy…

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  • January 25, 2012 at 2:07 pm
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    Okay so I have a dilemma here. I started booting with the windows XP disk. I click enter on my keyboard when it gets to “to setup windows XP now, press ENTER” I hit enter nothing happens. So I either need a way to finish the install or back out. The Mac mini has no cd eject button

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  • March 8, 2012 at 5:17 pm
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    I forget username & password’s mac mini , please help me.
    thanks

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  • May 13, 2012 at 8:32 pm
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    perfect solution! thanks!

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  • June 7, 2012 at 2:36 am
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    Worked great thanks real life saver.

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  • June 24, 2012 at 6:44 pm
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    Go into I tunes and try a burn a song to the disk, it will automatically eject as long as it’s not a blank CD 🙂

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  • July 5, 2012 at 11:07 pm
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    On windows 7

    Open windows explorer
    Right click on the drive
    select ‘Eject’

    voila

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  • February 14, 2013 at 4:27 am
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    f12 works!!! thank you so much!

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  • May 23, 2013 at 6:45 pm
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    Left mouse didn’t work but F12 worked beautifully. I use a 2.4 GHz wireless keyboard, no problem at boot time. I’ve had major issues at boot with Bluetooth keyboard drivers not loading in time to get to the BIOS or even to log into Windows (“press ctrl-alt-del to continue”). 2.4 GHz works every time like a wired keyboard.

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