Results 1 to 4 of 4
  1. #1


    Member Since
    Nov 20, 2010
    Posts
    12
    Cannot open CD drive
    Hello. The CD drive does not open on my Mac G5 (OSX 10.5.8). The only thing I can find that seems promising is an icon at the top of the hard disk window that looks like the eject button logos we see everywhere (a triangle with a bar underneath it). But when I click it or double-click it, nothing happens.

    Trying to work around this, I plugged in an external CD into the USB port on my Mac. But the Mac does not recognize it (no disc icon appears on my desktop other than the one for the single hard drive in the Mac itself).

    I seem to remember having this problem before, and the solution was a little program you can install to give yourself an icon to click on, up in the menu bar at the top (next to or near the sound icon). Probably that was on an earlier Mac OS, since I seem to remember the key F12 in this connection, and that only brings up the dashboard in this Mac.

    Thanks for your help!

  2. #2

    pigoo3's Avatar
    Member Since
    May 20, 2008
    Location
    U.S.
    Posts
    35,137
    Specs:
    2011 13" MBP 2.3ghz, 8gig ram, OS 10.8.5
    I'm going to assume you are talking about a Powermac G5 desktop computer…since this is the only "G5" based computer with a CD drive that has a "tray".

    You can open the CD tray in two ways (in addition to what you tried):

    1. Press the keyboard button above the Delete key (key with the underlined-triangle on it).
    2. When you reboot the computer…press and hold the mouse button.

    HTH,

    - Nick
    - Too many "beachballs", read this: Beachballs
    - Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some slow computer tips: Speedup
    - Almost full hard drive? Some solutions. Out of Space
    - Apple Battery Info. Battery

  3. #3


    Member Since
    Nov 20, 2010
    Posts
    12
    Yep, that worked. Duh. Sorry. (Actually on my keyboard the key is above the '*' key on the far right but same difference.)

    Also, I was wrong about it not being able to read from the external CD drive. I had put a DVD into that by mistake, and that CD drive could read only CDs, not DVDs. (I hadn't noticed when I burned the DVD that it was a DVD I was burning. Evidently the burning software inspects properties of the DVD-or-CD that you have put into the drive to determine which it is and goes from there.) Once I took care to burn a CD instead, that worked too.

    Many thanks!

  4. #4

    pigoo3's Avatar
    Member Since
    May 20, 2008
    Location
    U.S.
    Posts
    35,137
    Specs:
    2011 13" MBP 2.3ghz, 8gig ram, OS 10.8.5
    Quote Originally Posted by Peyton View Post
    Yep, that worked. Duh. Sorry. (Actually on my keyboard the key is above the '*' key on the far right but same difference.)
    Probably a different keyboard layout…Apple has a couple of them.

    Great to hear it worked.

    - Nick
    - Too many "beachballs", read this: Beachballs
    - Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some slow computer tips: Speedup
    - Almost full hard drive? Some solutions. Out of Space
    - Apple Battery Info. Battery

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. Open drive on boot
    By lilmill in forum Apple Desktops
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 06-22-2009, 11:16 AM
  2. Optical Drive Will Not Open
    By blinkin357 in forum Apple Desktops
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 07-23-2007, 12:47 PM
  3. G4 iMac, how do I open the CD drive
    By RayLee in forum Apple Desktops
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 05-24-2007, 10:23 AM
  4. force drive to open
    By boarderjosh10 in forum Apple Desktops
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 12-29-2006, 07:35 PM
  5. Force Open a CD drive?
    By MACyMouse in forum Apple Desktops
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 04-09-2005, 03:07 AM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •