CD Flies out of iMac G5

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by jenrafi, Mar 22, 2006.

  1. jenrafi macrumors newbie

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    Hi,
    I've got an iMac G5, when ejecting a cd, it doesn't stop, flies right out and bounces onto the desk. I've done a search and can't find anything on this topic. Anyone have this prob. or know what's going on?? (I've had the computer for over a year and this started a few months ago.) Thanks!
     
  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Take it to the Apple Store and show off your weap...iMac G5.
     
  3. jenrafi thread starter macrumors newbie

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    you mean have cd rolling races with others with the same problem?
     
  4. TLRedhawke macrumors 6502

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    I've actually dealt with a machine with this very issue. In fact, I found it kind of cool, and would have kept it if it was my own ;) The official course is to replace the optical drive. However, I've found that the issue is more often the front bezel, and it's failure to line up perfectly so as to catch the disc.

    If the machine is under warranty, they'll have to replace the drive first, and then try the bezel. If it's not, either deal with it, or buy the bezel. The bezel is the cheaper of the parts.
     
  5. TLRedhawke macrumors 6502

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    And for the record, I find it disgusting when the response to a support question is "Take it to the Apple Store". The forum is here so that people can get help, not be passed off to the obvious (and quite inconvenient) source for solutions.
     
  6. FF_productions macrumors 68030

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    Same thing happens to me, it depends...I don't think the apple store could do much to fix that...

    Does it eject like that with every cd? (I sometimes have it fly out of the iMac, it's quite humorous)
     
  7. yg17 macrumors G5

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  8. FF_productions macrumors 68030

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    One time I burned a cd on my iMac, and the cd flew out of the iMac and into the trash...:)
     
  9. jamesmcd macrumors 6502a

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    The iMac at Harvey Norman in Manakau NZ did the exact same thing... The salesman was rather embarrassed.
     
  10. m-dogg macrumors 65816

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    Maybe your iMac doesn't like your taste in music?
     
  11. jenrafi thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yes it started happening one day, and it's been happening ever since. Thanks for the info. about the bezel. Very helpful. Usually my hand gets there in time but perhaps I could set up a pillow or something on the desk. Video would be pretty comical... if I wasn't supposed to be working :)
     
  12. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    So I have a question about the bezels on your Macs... do you have the sort of "mouth" made of felt or fur or whatever it is, or is it just a hard plastic opening? My understanding is that, in addition to preventing scratches, that's what holds onto your disc. It flies out, because the drive has to push it out hard enough to push it through that jaw. Is it gone, or is it misaligned?
     
  13. Le Big Mac macrumors 68020

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    Why is that disgusting? If the answer is "I had your problem, tried to fix it myself, and ultimately took it to the apple store where they told me the only solution is to replace the drive" then it seems to serve a good purpose in saving a person time in teh long run.

    Sure, we'd all like to avoid a trip to the store if possible, but if you're going to end up there anyway, it's good to know that at teh start and not waste time troubleshooting yourself.
     
  14. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    I agree...this is a hardware problem. You're not going to get a "fix" that you can apply at home for this from Macrumors. Wouldn't it be more insulting if we told you to repair permissions? :rolleyes:

    At least, that's my hypothesis...which is why I asked the question I asked in my previous reply.
     
  15. mjstew33 macrumors 601

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    It's made of some type of felt. It's actually hard to explain what it is, but felt might be a good way of describing it.
     
  16. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    Thanks! I wasn't sure.

    Oh, and just in case...what I meant more was... is this piece *missing* for any of you, whose discs spit out of your Mac? I couldn't find a picture of one of these close up, but from what Stewart said and what I said, hopefully you know what I'm talking about?
     
  17. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    This was a pretty well known problem when the first iMac G5s came out. At the time, it wasn't the lack of felt but rather an overzealous ejection mechanism. Apple Stores were fixing them left, right and centre. :cool:
     
  18. calculus Guest

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    That's probably it. Turn the 'Coldplay filter' to off.
     
  19. TLRedhawke macrumors 6502

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    If the response is "I had this problem, tried this, etc etc etc, and ended up at the Apple Store", then that's a different scenario. Yes, it may be a hardware issue, but if the machine is out of warranty, it's going to cost you money to have them fix it there. However, if we give out some useful information (such as the fact that the bezel is the culprit), then it gives them the ability to determine whether it would be worth spending the money to fix it. In short, let's diagnose the problem as best we can as a community before sending someone to the Apple Store. Saying "Go to the Apple Store" as a first response is akin to saying "Get off the forum, I don't feel like helping".

    I personally hate the Apple Store and the dependence upon it. There's no reason why one can't crack open one's Mac and replace the necessary parts as one often does with a PC. I do it myself, and it saves me a pile in labour and parts. Yes, in this case, the parts pretty much have to come from Apple, but the labour doesn't. Apple used to consider the midplane to be user installable on G5 iMacs, so it's not much further to swap the front bezel. Considering that it's 1.5-2 hours to do the job, it's a fair amount of money to be spent on raw labour, when the part is quite cheap by comparison. With the advice I've given here, jenrafi can determine whether to obtain the part, where to obtain it (I'm sure eBay has some), and how to install it. I didn't just pat her on the head and send her to the Apple Store, when they're going to know the same amount (if not less) about the problem as I do.

    In short, we all know the problem can be fixed by going to the Apple Store. However, when people choose to ask a question here, it's a fair presumption that they want the advice of third parties, and not just Apple's service manual. Let's give the advice, and not just fob them off on the people that they explicitly chose not to consult in the first place.

    As a final test for the actual bezel, insert a disc upside down (label facing the rear of the machine), and see if it lets it fly. The one I worked on would hold on to a reversed disc, but not a properly inserted one.
     
  20. p0intblank macrumors 68030

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    My dad's iMac G5 does the same thing, but not every time. We find it to be quite funny. :D
     
  21. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    What revision iMac G5 do you have? If it's Rev. A/B you could try to replace it yourself.
     
  22. elisha cuthbert macrumors 6502a

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    The iMacs at school

    At school we lined up all the imacs in the room (14) and all pressed eject at around the same time and it all looked soo cool but the it technicial won that was the only bad thing but its so fun and you can play a game with it see if you can catch it and if you dont.... well thats never happened before but do something bad if you miss
     
  23. elisha cuthbert macrumors 6502a

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    Sorry the tape got taken by some year 8s for some documentry they filmed
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    it was a crap documentry anyway we almost killed them, but we just banned them from the mac lab
     
  24. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    I had CD flies too but I sprayed them with Raid and that got them out of the machine...





    :D
     

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