PMG5 optical drive failure?

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by Jethryn Freyman, Feb 10, 2013.

  1. Jethryn Freyman macrumors 68020

    Jethryn Freyman

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    Yeah, baseline dual 1.8 June 2004 G5 tower. Pioneer DVD burner.

    These days it just spins up and down CDs/DVDs, takes a few minutes, and pits them out. No error message. Toast Titanium sense something along the lines of "MEDIUM ERROR SENSE KEY".

    Any ideas?

    System Profiler::
    Code:
    PIONEER DVD-RW  DVR-117D:
      Firmware Revision:    B705
      Interconnect:    ATAPI
      Burn Support:    Yes (Apple Shipping Drive)
      Cache:    2000 KB
      Reads DVD:    Yes
      CD-Write:    -R, -RW
      DVD-Write:    -R, -RW, +R, +RW
      Write Strategies:    CD-TAO, CD-SAO, CD-Raw, DVD-DAO
      Media:    Insert media and refresh to show available burn speeds
    
     
  2. chibiterasu macrumors 6502

    chibiterasu

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    Hi there my iMac G4 also has a disc drive that doesn't work but it still shows up in system profiler. You could always try a lens cleaning disc or some compressed air, but I would say you probably need to get a new disc drive and there not very expensive on eBay and should be really easy to install in a PM G5.
     
  3. Jethryn Freyman thread starter macrumors 68020

    Jethryn Freyman

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    Also, media is good quality Kodak/Verbatim CD/DVD stuff. Works fine in my Macbook. Single layer stuff, east.
     
  4. chibiterasu macrumors 6502

    chibiterasu

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    I also use verbatim, and you can always try the odd DVD or cd that know works in the mac. I still think that a new disc drive will be best and even if it did read something disc drives never get better.
     
  5. olsend81 macrumors member

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    Get a new DVD drive

    Hey that same thing happened to my drive also. I just got a new one from goodwill for $3 works great.
     

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