Might work for a while, but I doubt long term.Hmm, interesting. Do you think you could replace the stretched out belt with say ... a small rubber band, thin gasket etc.?
So true. A rubber band of smaller size than the original drive belt will probably work, but is only a very short-term solution. There are several YT videos which advise on this. Type in 'How to repair a CD/DVD drive that won't eject the discs - HD' into the YT search bar. Even if the optical drive is not identical to the one shown in the video, the principle is basically the same. I've tried a 'rubber-band' fix on an iMac G4 optical drive, and it worked until I could find a replacement drive for 5 euros.Might work for a while, but I doubt long term.
My parents had this VCR they got in 1983 that I used for a while. Belts were worn and would't play because of that. In the early 90s when I had it finding a belt for it would have been impossible so I tried short rubber bands. Ended up snapping them after a short amount of use so that VCR got thrown out at some point.
Not the same as this optical drive but the stresses are the same I think. Rubber bands are made to stretch but will fail when overstretched or can just stretch out over time. They don't hold their tension for long.
[doublepost=1489938202][/doublepost]I don't normally deal with iMacs, so I have no specific solutions for you on this. However, here is something you could try.
Tilt the Mac forward and try ejecting the disk. Leave enough room so that if the CD comes out it's not going to bump whatever the Mac is sitting on.
Some of the slot loading PowerBooks I have had used to have this particular little issue. I used gravity to my benefit by tilting the optical drive downward.
You are correct, these later iMac drives are similar to those in the Cube. Have spent many hours trying to perfect a solution on the rubber rollers, so far without success. What I've never done however is changed the drive belt between the plastic drive pulleys. During next tear-down I'll measure the drive belt and see if anything similar is available on-line.Isn't this similar to the cube eject problem? I'm pretty sure there is a thread fix about this on MRF somewhere. IIRC the little wheels that grip the cd on the drive shrink and harden over time, so OP put layers of tape around the inject/eject wheels on the drive to help it grip to the cd.
It was something like that anyhow. Sorry that's not more help. I've successfully used Erik's suggestion on my wife's old bondi imac. There were a few times where the CD was extra stubborn where I used some rubber tipped tweezers to catch the edge of the cd and help pull it out. I also successfully used two butter knives one time when I couldnt find my tweezers in my desk.
Probably not a rubber band since they tend to become brittle after a while, so as the others said it'd be a temporary fix. But a rubber gasket or a o-ring might work, again if you can find the right sort of size and thickness. If anyone does want to undertake this sort of fix though I do recomend they evaluate the costs and time/effort involved though as you may find it'd just be easier even if only slightly more expensive buying a replacement drive that works. That's why I didn't even bother repairing mine, I just put it back in the iMac and forgot about it since in my particular case I've got an external firewire enclosure with a DVD-Writer in it if I need to read a disc (which is ten times better than the internal cd-rom drive anyway).Hmm, interesting. Do you think you could replace the stretched out belt with say ... a small rubber band, thin gasket etc.?