Is my Mac OSX CD ruined?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by mrsir2009, Oct 26, 2009.

  1. mrsir2009 macrumors 604

    mrsir2009

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    Hello,

    I was going to upgrade my iMac G3 to Mac OSX Panther. I put the OSX Panther CD in my iMac and it spat it out. I had a look at the shiny side of the CD and it was covered in tons of little tiny white blotches. I don't know how it happened, the CD had been sitting in it's case for years...

    I tried cleaning it with a dry cloth, then a damp cloth and neither worked. Is there anything I can use to clean the CD or is it ruined?

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    Sounds like the plastic and metal are starting to separate. Have you been keeping it somewhere warm?
     
  3. mrsir2009 thread starter macrumors 604

    mrsir2009

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    For the past year or two its been in a plastic case in my desk drawer. I wouldn't think it would be too hot in there. Plus there are about 10 other CDs and DVDs in there that are fine.

    I guess if thats happened the CD is ruined, right?
     
  4. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

    r.j.s

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    If that is the case, then yes, it's ruined.

    I might be wrong, though, since I can't actually see the disc.
     
  5. mac88 macrumors 6502

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    Try using one of those CD/DVD cleaner machines. I think you can get them for around $20. Good luck!
     
  6. mrsir2009 thread starter macrumors 604

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    Thanks, but I think the plastic has seperated from the metal. Ah well I'll just have to keep using OS9.

    Thanks for such quick replies!
     
  7. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    You might be able to find a cheap Panther disc on eBay - if you really want Panther.
     
  8. mac88 macrumors 6502

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    That stinks. Try eBay. You might be able to find one cheap.

    EDIT: Sorry RJS, was typing while you posted.
     
  9. lewis82 macrumors 68000

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    Well if you actually bought a license of Panther before, you might as well download it via bittorrent.

    You don't buy the DVD but the license, so downloading a DVD and installing it is legal.
     
  10. pcs are junk macrumors 65816

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    IMO, old macs are horrible, ur probably better off buying a used mac thats like early 07 or something. its much better than panther, we have some 10.1.5 macs at my school, and theyre horrible! i cant do anything on them, oh and they also use internet explorer! like how outdated can u be!?
     

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