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My iMac just STOPPED reading CD/DVDs ... !!!


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My iMac just STOPPED reading CD/DVDs. And I am supposed to be selling it
today. What can I do?? Somebody please help me - I haven't even used it
that much :mad:
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It's a G4 800mhz with a superdrive
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What can I do??
1) Take it to your nearest Apple repair place and get a quote from them.

2) Run the hardware test to make sure it really is the drive itself, locate the same model on the www and get one on order, then replace it yourself.

You can get the model number from "About this Mac", also check out the Apple technical site for any known issues.

This site might be useful:

http://www.welovemacs.com/imacemacdrives.html

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I have a 1Ghz S/D iMac which is probably around the same age as yours, the model number specfied is the DVD RW DW-U10A. Advertised here for $95 but you probably will need to hunt around a bit as they are a discontinued model:

http://www.ascendtech.us/itemdesc.asp?ic=DVDRSNYU10A

I've had my iMac apart to replace the infernal RAM (no that wasn't a spelling mistake) and as long as you use some good quality heat sink compound when putting it back to gether you shouldn't have a problems with it (where to put the compound is pretty obvious when you have it apart).

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Thanks Moses.

Looks like I've permanently damaged my mac, by simply putting a blank DVD-R into it!

http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=86130

PLEASE INFORM ANYONE THAT HAS THE FIRST LINE OF FLAT SCREEN G4s that they should get the superdrive update from the apple website, otherwise they could very easily ruin their apple mac. And screw up the rest of their lives ...
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Thanks Moses.

Looks like I've permanently damaged my mac, by simply putting a blank DVD-R into it!

http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=86130

PLEASE INFORM ANYONE THAT HAS THE FIRST LINE OF FLAT SCREEN G4s that they should get the superdrive update from the apple website, otherwise they could very easily ruin their apple mac. And screw up the rest of their lives ...
So from that I take it you have the early Pioneer drive? You did check didn't you?

Have you also checked to see if the firmware update definitely hasn't been applied to your machine?

I doubt very much if you have damaged the drive by putting high speed media in it, when a company say there is a potential risk of hardware damage they are just covering themselves, it is very unusual for a drive to suffer actual damage.

What is far more likely is that your disc has just died of old age, DVD drives do not live very long, I've had to replace my PC's drive 3 times already in 5 years and have had two PS drives die on me.

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