iMac "forgets" about disks in the Superdrive

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Clive At Five, Jan 3, 2008.

  1. Clive At Five macrumors 65816

    Clive At Five

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    #1
    I've been having this problem for a number of years and I've never found a solution: I can insert a CD or DVD and will be able to read/write/whatever just fine. However, if I leave the disk in the drive for a few minutes without using it, my computer will forget it's there. iTunes won't be able to play music off of it. I can't install files from it, whatever. The worst part is: in trying to find it, my computer will go into an endless search, gradually beachballing every active program until I eventually restart. I can't even eject the disk.

    I tried a new drive but that didn't solve the problem. No OS update has solved the problem either.

    Does anyone have any other ideas?

    I have the original 15" 800MHz G4 iMac.

    Thanks,

    -Clive
     
  2. bigandy macrumors G3

    bigandy

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    I'd hazard that it could be the IDE connection to the drive.

    Have you opened it up to ensure it's connected properly?

    Guide to opening the iMac G4...
     
  3. Clive At Five thread starter macrumors 65816

    Clive At Five

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    #3
    Well, I did manually replace it, but it *could* be the surface mount to the logic board... Maybe there's a bent pin or dust or something impeding the connection. Definitely something to try.

    Thanks!

    More suggestions, while I'm at it?

    -Clive
     

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