10-16-2011, 04:13 PM
So, my iMac G4 isn't
dead. But I think the optical drive is. A while ago, I smelled something burning from my iMac, I thought it was the iMac itself, but I've come to the conclusion it was my optical drive. It was working fine though.
Anyway, I shut off and unplugged my iMac for a few days. Yesterday, I opened it up, checked the connections, everything was as it should be (besides a missing screw on the metal grate-type thing below the drive door), so I closed it back up. I tried installing Tiger off of the DVD. Nothing. The drive ejects, but doesn't read. Doesn't even spin.
So I installed Tiger from a USB drive. Install went fine.
Tried putting in a game CD, it ejects, but, again, doesn't read.
Is my drive dead? Where would I go about getting a cheap replacement?
Thanks for your advice and opinions!