ibook Cd tray problem

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by smcclenning, Sep 27, 2004.

  1. smcclenning macrumors newbie

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    Hi,

    I have a Ibook dual USB (2001), runnnig jaguar.

    the CD rom drive has sort of stopped working, I have a feeling the CD tray is just like misalighned or something. I put in a CD and it spins and spins and makes a loud spinnig sound. Then nothing happens (the CD icon does not pop up) and I have to force eject the CD.

    At first this happened 1every 10 times.

    Now it happends like 9 out of 10 times. sometimes times the CD will actually work and then it will quit in the middle of working.

    Is there any way to test to see if this is a software or hardware problem?

    my applecare pl;an ran out 2 months ago. thanks in advance if anyone has any ideas.

    steven
     
  2. hcuar macrumors 65816

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    Sounds like the laser is misaligned. Usually when that happens the drive is dead. I don't think there is a way to realign the laser. I would recommend using and external CDROM/Burner in the future. It'll be cheaper than paying for the repair.
     
  3. AdamR01 macrumors 6502

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    How technically inclined are you? If you look on ebay, there are lots of cd drives for sale.
     
  4. smcclenning thread starter macrumors newbie

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    thanks, I ws afraid of that, I was hoping that there was a way to test it, like some diagnostic or something.

    I am pretty technically inclined but I have never done anything like replace a CD drive. Is it the physical act of putting in the new drive that is difficult or the technical aspect of getting the computer to recongnize the new drive?

    thanks for the help

    Steven
     
  5. hcuar macrumors 65816

    hcuar

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    If you aren't technically inclined... Do not attempt to install a CDROM drive on a computer.... Save yourself the potential damage and use an external.
     
  6. Macmaniac macrumors 68040

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    You could find a replacement drive on eBay and have a local repair shop put it in for you, it won't have a warranty but at least you don't have to do it yourself. Taking apart iBooks is not that easy.
     

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