Why doesn't my elderly G4 iMac recognise CD/DVDs?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by babychickens, Apr 1, 2008.

  1. babychickens macrumors newbie

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    I'm about to sell my elderly G4, so have zero'd the hard drive, but the computer doesn't recognise the OSX install disc, let alone let me boot from it. I didn't let me before I zero'd either, and it's not registering music CDs or anything.

    Simple question - is the computer actually broken, am I being really dumb, is it fixable (in which case can I do it, or will it cost $$$$ for someone else to do it), and do I need to pull the ebay listing?

    Loads of thanks (from a newbie to this forum)

    Babychickens
     
  2. babychickens thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Somewhat irritatingly it won't let me boot it that way - I insert the disc, restart (holding C down), and it whirrs for a minute or two before spitting the drawer open.



    if not then change the battery on your motherboard, zap pram and try again this will take care of your problem.

    I'm a computer philistine and have very little idea what you mean by this...any chance of a translation/explanation?

    Thank you, I really appreciate it...I think I may be going bonkers.
     
  3. babychickens thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Fab, I shall give that a go tomorrow.

    Thanks
     

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