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G4 imac CD tray keeps opening

I have an iMac running on 0S 10.3.9

The CD tray keeps opening spontaneously and the mac has got pretty slow. Tried PRAMMING it a few times but no change. Any ideas?\

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  • sylvanian Mar 23, 2009

    CD/DVD tray of my iMac G5 keeps opening. Once closed, it opens again.

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You may be trying to load a corrupted disk, or your mac may have a faulty mother board. sorry, im not quite sure exactly what your problem is, but good luck anyway...

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