New To Mac-Forums?

Welcome to our community! Join the discussion today by registering your FREE account. If you have any problems with the registration process, please contact us!

Get your questions answered by community gurus Advice and insight from world-class Apple enthusiasts Exclusive access to members-only contests, giveaways and deals

Join today!

 
Start a Discussion
 

Mac-Forums Brief

Subscribe to Mac-Forums Brief to receive special offers from Mac-Forums partners and sponsors

Join the conversation RSS
Apple Desktops Discussion of Apple's desktop machines including Mac Pro, iMac, Power Mac, and mini

Power Mac - G5 Superdrive Stuck.


Post Reply New Thread Subscribe

 
Thread Tools
Musikfiend

 
Member Since: Sep 25, 2008
Posts: 6
Musikfiend is on a distinguished road

Musikfiend is offline
Ok so my Powermac G5 came today & everythings perfect except for the fact that the Superdrive wont eject. I'm trying to take the drive out of the tower & reposition it so that the drive clears the top of the tower edge freely but the Superdrive wont budge from it's position in the tower.

I followed this pdf exactly but am having no luck getting the drive out.

http://manuals.info.apple.com/en/PMG...lDrive_DIY.pdf
QUOTE Thanks
hughvane

 
hughvane's Avatar
 
Member Since: May 18, 2008
Location: Banks Peninsula, New Zealand
Posts: 3,263
hughvane is just really nicehughvane is just really nicehughvane is just really nicehughvane is just really nicehughvane is just really nice
Mac Specs: MacMini 2.4, 4 Gb, OS 10.9 and 10.6; MacBook 2.4, 2 Gb, OS 10.6.8

hughvane is offline
See this ... G5 Power MAc CD DVD drive door stuck shut ... for further links. Perhaps you could PM the OP of that thread for assistance.
QUOTE Thanks
harryb2448

 
harryb2448's Avatar
 
Member Since: Nov 28, 2007
Location: Nambucca Heads Australia
Posts: 17,773
harryb2448 has a reputation beyond reputeharryb2448 has a reputation beyond reputeharryb2448 has a reputation beyond reputeharryb2448 has a reputation beyond reputeharryb2448 has a reputation beyond reputeharryb2448 has a reputation beyond reputeharryb2448 has a reputation beyond reputeharryb2448 has a reputation beyond reputeharryb2448 has a reputation beyond reputeharryb2448 has a reputation beyond reputeharryb2448 has a reputation beyond repute
Mac Specs: iMac i5 2.7GHz, 16GB memory, OS X.10

harryb2448 is offline
Without knowing the brand of the optical drive, if you get it open try this.

Many models have a clip-on front lip which just fails to clear the tower housing. It will slide up and off and then the tray will move freely in and out.
QUOTE Thanks
Musikfiend

 
Member Since: Sep 25, 2008
Posts: 6
Musikfiend is on a distinguished road

Musikfiend is offline
Quote:
Originally Posted by hughvane View Post
See this ... G5 Power MAc CD DVD drive door stuck shut ... for further links. Perhaps you could PM the OP of that thread for assistance.

No you see the door on my G5 is not the problem i cant get the whole Superdrive itself out of the tower. I unplugged the ribbon cable from the logic board, unlatched the swinging plastics things on the side of the drive & attempted to push the drive out to no avail even with alot of force. I can find an answer anywhere and i'm trying to avoid shipping it back as this has to be a something minor im not doing or something b/c the drive isnt budging.
QUOTE Thanks
harryb2448

 
harryb2448's Avatar
 
Member Since: Nov 28, 2007
Location: Nambucca Heads Australia
Posts: 17,773
harryb2448 has a reputation beyond reputeharryb2448 has a reputation beyond reputeharryb2448 has a reputation beyond reputeharryb2448 has a reputation beyond reputeharryb2448 has a reputation beyond reputeharryb2448 has a reputation beyond reputeharryb2448 has a reputation beyond reputeharryb2448 has a reputation beyond reputeharryb2448 has a reputation beyond reputeharryb2448 has a reputation beyond reputeharryb2448 has a reputation beyond repute
Mac Specs: iMac i5 2.7GHz, 16GB memory, OS X.10

harryb2448 is offline
There is an IDE cable and also a power cable - it is necessary to undo both of them as boy that power cable sure is tight?

Here is a how to from Apple:-

http://www.info.apple.com/usen/cip/pdf/g5/073-0807.pdf
QUOTE Thanks
hughvane

 
hughvane's Avatar
 
Member Since: May 18, 2008
Location: Banks Peninsula, New Zealand
Posts: 3,263
hughvane is just really nicehughvane is just really nicehughvane is just really nicehughvane is just really nicehughvane is just really nice
Mac Specs: MacMini 2.4, 4 Gb, OS 10.9 and 10.6; MacBook 2.4, 2 Gb, OS 10.6.8

hughvane is offline
Quote:
Originally Posted by Musikfiend View Post
No you see the door on my G5 is not the problem i cant get the whole Superdrive itself out of the tower.
I understand the issue you've outlined. The link to Apple DIY (about half way down the page) provides the .pdf with instructions about removing the optical drive. If you're meeting such strong resistance to getting the unit out, all I can imagine is 1) a screw or clip that hasn't been removed or loosened, or 2) someone before you has forced the unit back in, causing it to jam.
QUOTE Thanks
Musikfiend

 
Member Since: Sep 25, 2008
Posts: 6
Musikfiend is on a distinguished road

Musikfiend is offline
Quote:
Originally Posted by hughvane View Post
See this ... G5 Power MAc CD DVD drive door stuck shut ... for further links. Perhaps you could PM the OP of that thread for assistance.
Quote:
Originally Posted by harryb2448 View Post
There is an IDE cable and also a power cable - it is necessary to undo both of them as boy that power cable sure is tight?

Here is a how to from Apple:-

http://www.info.apple.com/usen/cip/pdf/g5/073-0807.pdf
Yeah i already got that pdf but it's no good 2 me b/c i still cant get the power supply cord to the drive off. The space to take it off is so narrow & it's fastened so tight. How do you suggest i get it off??
QUOTE Thanks
hughvane

 
hughvane's Avatar
 
Member Since: May 18, 2008
Location: Banks Peninsula, New Zealand
Posts: 3,263
hughvane is just really nicehughvane is just really nicehughvane is just really nicehughvane is just really nicehughvane is just really nice
Mac Specs: MacMini 2.4, 4 Gb, OS 10.9 and 10.6; MacBook 2.4, 2 Gb, OS 10.6.8

hughvane is offline
Quote:
Originally Posted by Musikfiend View Post
Yeah i already got that pdf but it's no good 2 me b/c i still cant get the power supply cord to the drive off. The space to take it off is so narrow & it's fastened so tight. How do you suggest i get it off??
Okay, the picture - so to speak - is clearer now, I think. Do you have the drive in the partially removed position as shown in the .pdf (Fig 7)? If yes, then the problem as I understand it is to get the power plug out from the narrow gap at the rear of the drive.

Here's how I'd try it - but I don't guarantee it to work. Find a small block of hard plastic, wood maybe, slightly wider than the narrow gap at the rear of the drive. You'll probably need to tape it into position close to the power plug. Alternatively, tape the block to the pliers I'm suggesting you use. You're going to use that block as a fulcrum.

Next - get/acquire a pair of long-nose needle-point pliers, something in the region of 6" - 8" (15-20 cm) in length. Working from the side, get a good grip with the pliers on the rear end of the power plug and, with gentle flexing of the pliers, try to lever the plug off.

If you're successful - and here's hoping - when you replace the drive and push the power plug back on, grease the pins first with some Vaseline. Insurance for next time.

Good luck!
QUOTE Thanks
Musikfiend

 
Member Since: Sep 25, 2008
Posts: 6
Musikfiend is on a distinguished road

Musikfiend is offline
^^^Naw i'm not even that far. I'm still stuck on Figure 6. The drive wont come out & I have the latches open. What could the problem be??
QUOTE Thanks
harryb2448

 
harryb2448's Avatar
 
Member Since: Nov 28, 2007
Location: Nambucca Heads Australia
Posts: 17,773
harryb2448 has a reputation beyond reputeharryb2448 has a reputation beyond reputeharryb2448 has a reputation beyond reputeharryb2448 has a reputation beyond reputeharryb2448 has a reputation beyond reputeharryb2448 has a reputation beyond reputeharryb2448 has a reputation beyond reputeharryb2448 has a reputation beyond reputeharryb2448 has a reputation beyond reputeharryb2448 has a reputation beyond reputeharryb2448 has a reputation beyond repute
Mac Specs: iMac i5 2.7GHz, 16GB memory, OS X.10

harryb2448 is offline
Similar solution using the narrow needle nose pliers I PM you musikfiend. If still no joy perhaps a visit to the local Apple dealer or genius bar and get their opinion. Sounds like something has really been jammed or forced in there.
QUOTE Thanks
hughvane

 
hughvane's Avatar
 
Member Since: May 18, 2008
Location: Banks Peninsula, New Zealand
Posts: 3,263
hughvane is just really nicehughvane is just really nicehughvane is just really nicehughvane is just really nicehughvane is just really nice
Mac Specs: MacMini 2.4, 4 Gb, OS 10.9 and 10.6; MacBook 2.4, 2 Gb, OS 10.6.8

hughvane is offline
Quote:
Originally Posted by Musikfiend View Post
I'm still stuck on Figure 6. The drive wont come out & I have the latches open. What could the problem be??
It's been jammed in there at a slight angle I'd say. I know what I would do, but it's not my computer. Try this at your own risk, if Harry's suggestion via PM hasn't worked. These are pretty drastic measures.

Never mind putting your hand in there under the side of the optical drive, as per .pdf instructions. Make a metal L-shaped hook, about the same width as your hand. Then, pulling on that hook firmly, but not excessively, with one hand, insert a hard plastic wedge (like a cooking spatula) in various places around the perimeter of the drive and wiggle while you're pulling with the hook.

Next idea - turn the computer on its side, open area downward, with L-hook attached to optical drive and tied to some immovable anchor point, and pull the whole G5 body away.

Left field idea - if you can somehow wiggle two or three pieces of strong cord, or a wide leather or fabric strap, under and around that stubborn drive and have someone else hold the cords/strap, pull the whole G5 in the opposite direction.

Failing any or all of the above, I think it looks like a total dismantle job, much or all of which you could probably do yourself.
QUOTE Thanks
harryb2448

 
harryb2448's Avatar
 
Member Since: Nov 28, 2007
Location: Nambucca Heads Australia
Posts: 17,773
harryb2448 has a reputation beyond reputeharryb2448 has a reputation beyond reputeharryb2448 has a reputation beyond reputeharryb2448 has a reputation beyond reputeharryb2448 has a reputation beyond reputeharryb2448 has a reputation beyond reputeharryb2448 has a reputation beyond reputeharryb2448 has a reputation beyond reputeharryb2448 has a reputation beyond reputeharryb2448 has a reputation beyond reputeharryb2448 has a reputation beyond repute
Mac Specs: iMac i5 2.7GHz, 16GB memory, OS X.10

harryb2448 is offline
It could have well been in stalled incorrectly, not lining up the runners and using considerable force. Take it back and report the problem.
QUOTE Thanks

Post Reply New Thread Subscribe


« G4 wont boot | Wireless instability »
Thread Tools

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts
BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
8x SuperDrive? Stefan T. Apple Desktops 4 02-24-2008 11:43 AM
Alien object stuck in my superdrive slot! jbevvy1 Apple Notebooks 3 01-10-2008 06:04 PM
G4 Tower stuck booting OS 9 :( wobblebottom Apple Desktops 4 09-09-2007 10:14 AM
dvd stuck in superdrive bcren Apple Notebooks 2 09-15-2005 04:21 PM
another stuck pixel!? code777 Apple Desktops 11 04-14-2005 08:52 AM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 02:33 AM.

Powered by vBulletin
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
X

Welcome to Mac-Forums.com

Create your username to jump into the discussion!

New members like you have made this community the ultimate source for your Mac since 2003!


(4 digit year)

Already a member?