Original post by: mrhaehn ,
Solution. I tried everything I could to get the disc out to no avail. I finally disassembled the optical drive and physically removed the disc but when I put it all back together it wouldn't let me put another one in, the drive was still thinking a disc was in because the mechanism was blocking the opening. I ended up purchasing a new logic board. Got one for $90 online (refurb). It took about an hour to install but that finally fixed it. The laptop is now booting once again into the OS and everything looks good. Hallelujah! Thank you for all your help.