Hi, my imac g4 isn't reading the dvd cd drive. I was going to do a clean install, wipe the hard drive and start over but the drive won't read the disk. I am so getting a message that my drive is full, so need to free up some memory, or add memory.
First order of business however, is to figure out what to do with the dvd/cd drive.
Re: My imac g4 isn't reading the dvd/cd drive at all
It won't read it because the new os disk is double layered and the g4 drive you have probably won't read double layered dvds. best solution is to buy or borrow an usb external dvd drive. i did this last week and it worked fine.
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Check you hard drive is working but if you have installation dvd-cd mac os x 10.4.11 if your hard drive is not working buy a new harddrive if working check a data cable is IDE cable if hard drive working maybe is it problem bad ide cable or no operating system
It can not find the hard drive or the startup folder on the hard drive. Try and fix that by putting in the original boot cd/dvd and repair and choose your hard drive start up folde as boot device. If you can not your hard drive may have died.
It sounds like the system is corrupted. What I would do is to get your
instal disk and boot up holding down the c key on your keyboard. Once you
have booted up go to the file menu and run disk utility to verify and
repair the hard drive. Then go to the instal menu and instal a fresh
system remembering to preserve the users data so you do not wipe
anything. Hopefully this will work.
when booting in os x after the first boot chime immediately hold down keys <apple,option,o,f> all at the same time and allow computer to boot to open firmware once there type "reset-nvram" exactly like that but without quotation marks and press enter once it returns to command prompt type "reset-all"and press enter (you must have the "-" in between the commands) the computer should restart if not when the command prompt returns type "reboot" and hit enter .....
also you can check the drive status by going to "system profiler" in apple drop down menu--->about this mac-->more info or applications folder-->utilities folder--->system profiler then selct disk burning under hardware in the list on the left
This looks to be a hard drive issue....if you are familiar with the machine enough to take off the bottom plate.....requires a torx tool. I would take off the bottom plate and disconnect the hd, and then see if the machine will boot to cd...if it will then boot to cd then it is a hard drive... i would be careful though as there is a pad on the processor that cools it and if it becomes dislodged you can overheat the processor....
Install your startup CD and restart the computer holding down the "C" if your computer starts off of it, the CD player is okay and you have a software problem, if does not start off the CD the CD/DVD needs to be replaced
It;'s not a great Idea flipping the mac over they have a special stand to put them on when working on them. But it should be able to cope with it. Your mac is relatively old now. With all the moving around it could have just given up the ghost.
They are quite tricky to work on with the hard drive sitting on top and the cables running over and down the side there is a stack of heat generated there. Just make sure you put ll the thermal back in. If it's not a miss seated connection it could be a number of things. Cable, heads. Trouble shooting is quite tricky. As it is a desktop, in a lot of cases it is cheaper to buy an external DVD reader/writer. They are faster now!
You should be able to install OK when it is in terminal mode. You could run disk utility but more than likely you'll have to run the installation again.