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CD drive on PowerPC G3 not working


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I have a sweet, old (but still working well) PowerPC G3 but now I find that cds/dvds aren't working. You put in any cd/dvd into the tray, the tray closes and...absolutely nothing... no whirring or humming noise, no recognition that it has anything - the tray still goes in and out though. Does this mean a trip to the tech-y? I thought it might have been because I had too many peripherals but I turned them off and restarted but still nothing. Thanks if you can help!
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Well, I just woke it up from a sleep and lo and behold it's working again. Nice to know it's not a mechanical fault...
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What model G3 are you discussing? If it is a blue and white tower changing optical drives is a simple task. Sure sounds like the drive is getting a little iffy.

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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Right. If it's a B&W G3, CD drives for it are a dime a dozen, and installation should be fairly easy.
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If I was you I would turn off sleep mode. Do to the age of the machine one day it may not wake up.
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