iMac G5 won't recognize CDs/DVDs

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by vw1300, Feb 1, 2009.

  1. vw1300 macrumors newbie

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    The local Apple Store recently replaced the logic board and power supply for my G5 iMac. Today I tried to load the system restore disc to re-install the OS etc. in an effort to prepare it to sell (I want to have all my data gone).

    I put in the disc. The computer took the disc but it never showed up on the desktop or finder. And yes, my system preferences are set to open a finder window when a CD or DVD is put in the drive. Ejecting it became a challenge. I tried holding down the mouse button while booting, and booting into the open firmware (got an error message when I typed "eject cd"). Resetting the PRAM failed to help. The only thing that worked was to jam a credit card in the slot and stop the disc from spinning, and the machine spit it out. I tried this with another disc, and the same thing happened, so it's the machine or software here.

    Does anyone have any other ideas to get the mac to recognize a disc? What do I do now?

    Thanks in advance,

    Charlie
     
  2. oneEG6 macrumors member

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    Take it back to that Apple store, let them know what happened. Since you just had it repaired there's a decent chance you can get them to help you with this issue. Unless they forgot to plug a cable in or something, it's likely a failed drive.
     
  3. vw1300 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    OK, it looks like I have to take it in anyway - now it won't boot either, it gets stuck at the gray apple screen. After about 30 seconds, the fan kicks on high.
     

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