iBook G4 inop optical drive

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by Ristin, Feb 14, 2013.

  1. Ristin macrumors newbie

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    Oct 11, 2011
    #1
    800Mhz 256 ram OS X 10.3.9
    Insert a disk, the drive spins up, sounds like its reading, then stops. No icon on screen and can't eject disk using F-12 key. Show CD is enabled in Finder. Drive is listed in system profile. To eject the disk I have to reboot with option key pressed or boot to open rom. Eject CD works in open rom as does F-12 key when booting with option key pressed.
    typing df in a terminal window shows me
    /dev/disk0s9
    devfs
    rdesc
    <volfs>

    This iBook was given to me and I was told the drive didn't work, but I have to try messing with it anyway. Drive is probably kaput but is there anyway this could be a software problem like missing drivers, device not mounting?
    I know next to nothing about apple computers. The last one I owned was a //c

    Not knowing if this would even do anything, I typed
    mount /dev/cdrom
    and I get back
    mount: /dev/cdrom: unknown special file or file system.
    Anything else I can try or is it time for the 46 step process to replace the drive?
     
  2. havokalien macrumors 6502a

    havokalien

    Joined:
    Apr 27, 2006
    Location:
    Kelso, Wa
    #2
    Try a disk cleaner

    A cd lens cleaner could fix it. Dirt on the lens can confuse the drive. If not time for replacement.
     
  3. Jethryn Freyman macrumors 68020

    Jethryn Freyman

    Joined:
    Aug 9, 2007
    Location:
    Australia
    #3
    My G5 tower had just stopped burning anything, so has my 2006 Intel iMac, and before that I had a 2007 MBP 15" that took three different optical drives being getting replaced. There used to be a joke amongst us Apple techs that there was a reason that the brand MAT*****A had ***** in its' name.

    EDIT: oh come on MR.com, I even misspelled that word and you still comment it out. grumpygrumpy
     

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