power pc g4 disc drive problem? Any help?

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by trixabelle, May 8, 2011.

  1. trixabelle macrumors newbie

    May 8, 2011
    Hi all,

    Just bought an old Powerbook PC (dome shaped base) and while everything else works fine the cd/dvd struggles to open certain cds and dvds. It will open a disc I put in yesterday containing drivers for a wireless card but it won't open any of its own imac installation software. After repeated efforts it did run its harwarde diagnostic disc which told me there was nothing wrong with the computer. It also sometimes and sometimes won't load audio discs.

    I've done all the usual things like checked system preferences and wiped each disc clean. I've even bought a lens cleaning disc but that's not accepted either.

    System is running 10.4 tiger and is version Power Pc G4 (2.1)

    Memory 768mb / 800mhz

    If anyone can help I'd be very grateful - about to throw the thing through the window at the minute!

    Many, many thanks,
  2. adcx64 macrumors 65816


    Nov 17, 2008
    Sounds like the drive is on its way out. Surprisingly, they're easy to replace, so ur in luck! Google " iMac g4 cd drive replacement."
  3. iLucas macrumors 6502

    Feb 5, 2011
    I had to replace the drive in my iMac G4 and i used this guide. Easy to follow for me and my iMac is working great now. Best of luck to you!
  4. trixabelle thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 8, 2011
    thanks so much for your comments and advice - fear you may be right, but the guide you've suggested doesn't look to complex!!!

    Thanks again - :)

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