Swapped DVD Drive...iMac Bezel Too Fat?!

Discussion in 'iMac' started by nathanjbrown, Mar 2, 2010.

  1. nathanjbrown macrumors regular

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    Hello Everyone,

    I'm at a loss on this one.

    I've swapped my iMac's optical drive twice since it originally failed three months out of warranty. My first replacement was a UJ-875. My latest replacement was a UJ-225 Blu-ray reader. Here's the thing:

    When attempting to insert discs, both drives failed to "grab" it and pull it into the iMac. The bezel of the iMac is so thick that I would lose the disc inside without the optical drive actually taking hold and loading the disc. With the tip of a pen I was able to push the disc in another few millimeters and it would grab and load up without issue. Both drives functioned flawlessly once I got the disc in there.

    So...What is Apple doing to customize their drives so that they "grab" earlier rather than later? Is this a mechanical adjustment that can be made on the optical drive? I'm rather surprised that I've been unable to find anything like this on the web.

    I welcome any suggestions. Thanks so much!

    Nathan
     
  2. nathanjbrown thread starter macrumors regular

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    Hmmm...This must be a new mystery in the world of tech. Any ideas?

    Thanks again!

    Nathan
     
  3. ViViDboarder macrumors 68040

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    Is this one of the new models? Mine does that! I put it in and it doesn't grab. Usually it sticks out a little bit and I just have to pinch it and keep trying. Eventually it grabs but it's really frustrating. I'm going to have to take it in soon, it's pissing me off.
     
  4. nathanjbrown thread starter macrumors regular

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    No. This is the first Penryn iMac (mid-2008, was it?). It's the drive I swapped into the iMac that's failing to grab the disc (actually...it's both of the drives I've installed). It works well once the disc is in there, but getting it to take requires a bit of help from a pen cap or credit card. Really annoying.

    To be honest, my biggest problem with it is that it kills the resale value of my iMac. I've sold my old gear when upgrading for upwards of a decade now...So I tend to think about my gadgets from the standpoint of resale value when purchasing and/or modifying them.

    Nathan
     
  5. ViViDboarder macrumors 68040

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    I see... So your stock drive was fine? Damn. I'm just unlucky I guess.
     

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