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My imac g4 isn't reading the dvd/cd drive at all

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.

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  • rd stuck Nov 24, 2008

    Imac g4 will only read apple software cd

  • jinsop Mar 25, 2009

    i also had a similar problem but i recntl instaled a new dvd drive please help

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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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I have  a Powerbook G4 17in laptop. I cannot get sound from the speakers, on setup there is no sound, I have tried various troubleshooting....still no sound.
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