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    Jan 21, 2011
    CD drive on PowerPC G3 not working
    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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    Member Since
    Jan 21, 2011
    OK, not working sporadically
    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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    harryb2448's Avatar
    Member Since
    Nov 28, 2007
    Nambucca Heads Australia
    Imac 27" Retina 5K, 512GB flash memory, 3.3GHz, 16GB memory, macOS Sierra beta.
    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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    MacDude121's Avatar
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    Sep 22, 2010
    Black MacBook 2.2GHz C2D, 4GB Ram - iMac G4 700MHz, 512MB Ram
    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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    Mac SK's Avatar
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    Oct 20, 2006
    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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