17" Powerbook Drive a Bit Flakey

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17" Powerbook Drive a Bit Flakey

Well i had to install some software on the Boss' Powerbook and it turned out the the drive won't eject.

I press the eject button, the icon appears on the screen, the drive attempts to eject the disk and then it reloads the disk and mounts it. So i shut down the laptop and grabbed my trusty old paper clip to see if something was obstructing the path. When i ran the clip across the slot, there was a bit of metal or something stuck dead in the centre of the slot. Is this some form of protection device or am i missing something?