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    It looks like this really has got me beat - one minute the dvd/cd icon is there the next its not - all very weird lol.

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    Next time you get the icon up, try the drutil eject again.
    I'm sure if it was software it would not manifest itself this way.
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    Try going into iTunes and in the menu-bar go to Controls > Eject Disk. I doubt it will work though, as all of the other methods have failed and this is looking more like a hardware than a software issue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MacDude121 View Post
    Try going into iTunes and in the menu-bar go to Controls > Eject Disk. I doubt it will work though, as all of the other methods have failed and this is looking more like a hardware than a software issue.
    Darn tried this too and no luck. I'll get the iMac booked in over the next few days with a local Mac guy - hopefully won't break the bank!

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    Try this method: LINK If that doesn't work, you'll probably have to disassemble the machine and remove the optical drive.
    See iFixit: The free repair manual.

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    Thanks for the YouTube link - unfortunately the disk spins but is nowhere near trying to eject.


    I'll have a search for a repair manual... although I'm not too confident in pulling my Mac to pieces.

    Thanks!

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    Here's one more thing to try first:

    a. Turn the machine OFF.
    b. Move the computer so that the optical drive is pointing DOWN over the edge of a table. Make SURE you are holding it properly so you don't drop the computer.
    c. Turn the computer on and hold the mouse key down (the normal way to eject a disk at startup ... unless the motor is totally dead, it WILL try to eject). Let gravity do the rest.

    We've had a number of reports of success with this method here. No guarantees, but if that doesn't work you'll know you've tried everything prior to disassembling the drive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chas_m View Post
    Here's one more thing to try first:

    a. Turn the machine OFF.
    b. Move the computer so that the optical drive is pointing DOWN over the edge of a table. Make SURE you are holding it properly so you don't drop the computer.
    c. Turn the computer on and hold the mouse key down (the normal way to eject a disk at startup ... unless the motor is totally dead, it WILL try to eject). Let gravity do the rest.

    We've had a number of reports of success with this method here. No guarantees, but if that doesn't work you'll know you've tried everything prior to disassembling the drive.
    Okay - we are almost there!

    Machine off overnight and rebooted. I now have the disc icon and the drive is trying to eject - I now get the spin and click as though the disk is going to pop out.

    Have also tried the 'gravity' solution - so close but not quite grabbing the darn disk!

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    Time for a new optical drive. iMacs and laptops sure go through a lot of these drives.
    Hang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!

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    Well I've booked the machine with a tech later this week - we will see if the drive is gone.

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    Okay guys...

    I spent a few hours late last night and managed to crack my Mac, take out the drive - I then cracked the drive to remove the DVD.

    I rebuilt the drive and reinstalled and the same problem - therfore the drive is screwed. Thanks chscag for the link to the Fixit guides!!!!

    Now that I am confident I can replace the optical drive - where do I start to look for a replacement drive?

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    Fantastic - thanks for the link.

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    Quote Originally Posted by David_G View Post
    Okay guys...

    I rebuilt the drive and reinstalled and the same problem - therfore the drive is screwed. Thanks chscag for the link to the Fixit guides!!!!

    Now that I am confident I can replace the optical drive - where do I start to look for a replacement drive?
    Great job. Always makes me happy to hear someone has "dug" in and repaired his Mac. Just make sure you replace it with a good quality drive not a cheap knockoff.

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