Mac OSX ejects all my CDs

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  1. ourfavethings macrumors newbie

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    It all started yesterday. There was a CD stuck in the drive that just didn't want to come out. I tried ejecting it through iTunes - no luck. I tried ejecting it through my desktop - no luck. I tried ejecting it with my keyboard - no luck. I finally had to reboot and right when the Mac started booting back up I held the eject button down on the keyboard and the CD finally ejected.

    Now today, I have the opposite problem - any CD or DVD I put in the drive is immediately ejected. It is making NO attempt to even read the CDs - it just spits them back out. I tried rebooting and it didn't help. In fact, I've tried everything I can think of to keep the CDs in the drive (even holding my hand over the opening but as soon as I take my hand away it spits it back out). I'm at my wit's end.
    :confused:

    I'm using a Mac OSX V10.4.11.

    If anyone can help me fix this problem, it would really be appreciated. Thank you.
     
  2. Shadow macrumors 68000

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  3. bjett92 macrumors 6502a

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    It might not be mac os x, you could have a bad optical drive.
     
  4. Shadow macrumors 68000

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    Don't scare the OP! ;)
     
  5. ourfavethings thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yes, don't scare me. The only Mac retailer/repairer where I live went out of business, so if I have to take my Mac in to someone to get it fixed then I'm screwed.
    :(
     
  6. ourfavethings thread starter macrumors newbie

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    iMac Tiger OSX V10.4.11

    I'm reading on the apple support forums that a few people are having this same problem since the most recent iTunes upgrade, which I just installed last night...
    :eek:
     
  7. Shadow macrumors 68000

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    If that's the case then its definatley a software problem. Not a good thing, but better than a hardware problem. Try resetting the PMU (Google it).
     
  8. ourfavethings thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Well, that would have been helpful if I were using a laptop. But not even apple.com has any info on how to reset the PMU on a desktop model.
     
  9. benmrii macrumors 65816

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    Also a clue that it is software is that it ejected without difficulty before the OS got hold of control.

    Create a new user and see if the same thing is happening in the test user.

    And as has been asked: what kind of computer do you have? Not what version of the OS, what kind of desktop?
     
  10. ourfavethings thread starter macrumors newbie

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    iMac G5 17in
     
  11. ourfavethings thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I tried that, and it still ejected the CD, although it did seem to keep it in the drive for a few seconds longer (talk about getting my hopes up).
     
  12. KirbyLue macrumors newbie

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    Me too

    I'm sorry I can't help you.
    But I thought it might give you a bit of comfort to know you're not alone.
    I have the same problem
     
  13. merl1n macrumors 65816

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    It's called the "SMU" (System Management Unit" on the iMac G5.

    Here are the instructions:

    http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=301733

    I also suggest you reset the PRAM.
     
  14. lovemac125 macrumors newbie

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    The good news is you have a tower. Really easy to work on yourself. Just find a new superdrive and swap it out. Its a totally different problem if you have an iMac.
     
  15. merl1n macrumors 65816

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    Apparently you didn't read the post correctly. He clearly states that he has an iMac G5, not a tower.
     
  16. ajs5189 macrumors newbie

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    i'm in the same boat here, iMacG5. Just started today, doesn't read it - sometimes it will just pop out. When I put a DVD or CD in it makes a sound like it's rubbing, so i assume it's hardware not software :(
     
  17. ChimericPisces macrumors newbie

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    Mac OSX ejects all my CDs—but NOT my DVDs…

    Please help!

    I have an iMac G5 Power PC and I'm running OS 10.4.11.

    Many thanks to you all! :)
     

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