When a CD is inserted, it automatically ejects! (G3)

King Mustard

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Oct 15, 2006
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I have a mate with an Apple iMac G3. There is a problem with it, however.

When a CD is inserted into the slot-load drive, it automatically ejects without even reading the CD first.

Any ideas what could be causing this?
 

Makosuke

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Aug 15, 2001
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That's the standard behavior when a drive can't read a disc, and I've seen it happen before (on tray-loading drives)--usually a sign the drive is dead, but it could also be caused by a very dirty lens making the drive unable to read discs.

One question that'll help to figure that out: When you put a disc in, does it pop back out immediately, or does it whirr and chug for a few seconds before spitting it out?

If it hacks it out immediately, sounds like it's either broken or there's something stuck in there. If it waits a while, you could try a lens cleaner and hope it's just dirty, but I wouldn't get my hopes up--it's probably a bad drive. Too bad the slot-loading drives are comparitively expensive to replace.
 

beatsme

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Oct 6, 2005
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King Mustard said:
Every kind.
hmmm...either the drive is bad, or the OS is confused about what to do...

go into disk utilities and verify/repair permissions
after that, reset the PRAM

...or have you done both of those already?
 

clevin

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Aug 6, 2006
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emmm,,, how long before the driver stop trying to read the disk?
i mean, after you insert the disk, the driver must take some time trying to ID the disk before it decides to send it out, is that less than 1 second? 5 second? 30second?
1 second, physical damage of the driver
5 second, wrong format of Disk
30 second, damaged disk
 

oski h

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Mar 18, 2011
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I have a mate with an Apple iMac G3. There is a problem with it, however.

When a CD is inserted into the slot-load drive, it automatically ejects without even reading the CD first.

Any ideas what could be causing this?
I was having the same issue with my mac. I would put my CD into the drive and it would immediately eject. When i put the cd in i noticed it did not go as deep as it would normally go. So i sort of pushed the cd in with a little force a few times. This time it took a little longer to eject. After about the 3rd try i noticed that when the cd was ejected something was underneath it. It so happened that one of my business cards had been lodged in the drive itself. I do not know how it is you can view inside the drive but maybe something similiar happened to the mac in question.

Hope this helps.
 
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