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  1. #1

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    Default PBG4, optical drive problem

    My 12" G4 Powerbook seems to have a problem with its optical drive.
    Basically the slot-loading drive won't accept disks.
    There seems to be a very hard blockage towards the front of the drive, just underneath the little "end" key and extending to the very front of the drive -- that's about 1cm.
    Does anyone have any idea what this could be?
    All help gratefully received.



    mct
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    Maybe there is a disk in the drive already. Try restarting while holding down the trackpad button. This will force the disk to be ejected. IF you can here the drive trying to eject but nothing coming out you may have a stuck drive.

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    Thanks for that.
    Pretty sure there's no disk in there already.
    But I'll give it a try and report back ASAP.


    mct
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    Astro:
    Tried the tip and, as I guessed, there was nothing in the drive.
    Seems like a physical problem.
    This is very strange: also I'm stuck in the country and need to use the drive today.
    Getting desperate.



    mct
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    astr0b0y Guest

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    Could be that the drive door is stuck closed. Unfortunately the door is software controlled only and while the SuperDrive in the PowerBook does have a manual hardware eject you need to open the case to access it.
    You could also try using Toast to Eject or Open Tray (from the Recorder menu) if you have it.
    Was ther any funny noises coming from the drive when you rebooted?

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    Astro:
    Thanks again.
    No -- no strange noises from the drive on boot.
    I do have Toast, so I'll try it.
    Otherwise: I guess it will have to go into the shop?

    mct
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    Ran Toast and the only options in the Recorder menu were:
    "Eject" and "Close Tray".
    Neither made any difference.
    Darn!

    mct
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    Yeah, mct, looks like a shop job.

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    Bugger!
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    My old 17" G4 PB had the same problem. Disks wont go in, or eject, in fact the entire drive is now useless. I was told it was a $400 job with parts and labor, an external drive can be had for $200.

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    One last thing to try: power down the machine, power up, and press and hold the trackpad button - if there's a disc in, and the drive is still semi-functional, the disc will be ejected. if no joy, then the drive has died.

    B.

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