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

    Apr 1, 2008
    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)

  2. babychickens thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 1, 2008
    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

    Apr 1, 2008
    Fab, I shall give that a go tomorrow.


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