12" PB Optical Drive Questions

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  1. Petoz macrumors 6502

    Petoz

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    I bought a 12" Powerbook G4 from ebay, and collected it yesterday. It is the 867MHz model. I added an Airport Extreme card this morning, as it was not pre installed. The only other problem with the notebook was the fact the optical drive is not working.

    I bought it from a guy who knew nothing about Macs, so I am not sure the drive is actually broken, but i dont want to put in a disc, as I dont want it to get stuck. So....

    Is there a way to manually eject discs from the Powerbook?

    Any suggestions to check if the optical drive is working? Could it possibly be a dodgy connection inside?

    I am relatively new to mac, so any help would be appreciated. Thanks for the help in advance.
     
  2. iToaster macrumors 68000

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    unless you want to plug it into another laptop's connector, the best way to test it is to see if it makes a noise when you turn the computer on, if not, it's busted, but you can get a new one online for $30 or so.
     
  3. Petoz thread starter macrumors 6502

    Petoz

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    It makes a noise on boot up, and shut down i think. That is why I am curious abou it. Is there a way of getting a disc out if it is broken?
     
  4. MacDann macrumors 6502a

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    Not easily. At this point, what do you have to lose? If it's bad, you're going to have to replace the drive anyway.

    Stick a blank CD in it. You can afford to lose a blank CD, I'm sure...

    MacDann
     

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