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

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by King Mustard, Oct 17, 2006.

  1. King Mustard macrumors member

    King Mustard

    Oct 15, 2006
    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?
  2. beatsme macrumors 65816


    Oct 6, 2005
    what kind of CD? Or does it do it with all kinds?
  3. King Mustard thread starter macrumors member

    King Mustard

    Oct 15, 2006
    Every kind.
  4. Makosuke macrumors 603

    Aug 15, 2001
    The Cool Part of CA, USA
    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.
  5. 2nyRiggz macrumors 603


    Aug 20, 2005
    Thank you Jah...I'm so Blessed
    Make sure those CDs are not bend and objects are not stuck in there.
    If your drive is spitting those CDs right out when you put them in then theres got to be something in there.

  6. beatsme macrumors 65816


    Oct 6, 2005
    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?
  7. clevin macrumors G3


    Aug 6, 2006
    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
  8. oski h macrumors newbie

    Mar 18, 2011
    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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