CD drive acting up


macrumors newbie
Original poster
The drive on my iMac G5 ('05) will load a CD (pre-recorded or custom burned on this very drive in the past), whiz around a second or two then stop. No icon on desktop or in iTunes. Just doesn't recognize the disc at all. Eject works like a charm and out comes the disc. My non-computer savvy but music-loving husband is despondent. Any insight/advice is much appreciated. Being an "older" user raised by resourceful Depression-era parents, I'd much rather try to fix it than play Taps... however, it may just be the excuse I've been looking for for a trip to my local Apple store ;).


macrumors 6502
Feb 2, 2003
Gone to the Beach


macrumors 6502
Feb 18, 2010
Ifixit will offer some good repair guides, and will probably have the part you need, and will tell you what tools you'll need.


macrumors 603
Aug 15, 2001
The Cool Part of CA, USA
Given the computer's age, it's probably just a failed disc drive, as said, and the solution is to either replace the drive or get an external--the companies and methods above are the way to go.

I'll add, in case you're wondering, that it's probably not just dirty, which would be the only "fixable" problem with an optical drive; if the lens were just dirty, the symptoms are almost always the drive making a lot of noise after a disc is inserted, then eventually spitting it out automatically. Since it's just sitting there waiting for you to hit the eject button, there's something else wrong with it.


macrumors newbie
Original poster
Thanks much!

The OWC video was great; filmed really well and the instructions were very comprehensive - it's definitely doable... at a bargain price too. Thank you all for responding. It's nice to know there's such great resources like you folks out there! Thanks again!:D
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