iMac Optical Drive Problem

Posted on 2008-11-18
Last Modified: 2013-11-24
I have an intel iMac and recently had a problem with the discs not loading in the optical drive. I am out of warranty as to wanting to fix it myself, and I am wondering if I replace the optical drive is that likely to fix it, or is this something possibly larger going on inside? I am trying to spend as little as possible to trouble shoot in a prioritized based way, and try one thing at a time.

Question by:77max
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    Expert Comment

    The most likely culprit is the optical drive. As optical drives are very cheap these days it should not be a big problem to buy a replacement. If the drive's form factor is the same as with normal PC's, you could try a drive from another PC first.
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    First try resetting the PRAM by doing a cold boot while holding down the command-option-p-r key combination until you hear the startup chime a third time.

    You could also try blowing out the CD bay using a can of compressed air or by a cleaning disk.

    Author Comment

    Okay, I just wanted to make sure it wasn't something enormous in size like a Logic board or the like. I will try those out, and will get back with what happens. Thanks

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