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Optical drive (slot) stuck

My 1.42GHz iBook G4 (Winter 2006) optical drive won"t accept disks at all; eject or restart have no effect. What's up with that??

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    Kevin May 11, 2010

    Do you mean that the disc bay will not open or that the discs will not play? If it will not open there should be a tiny hold somewhere on the face of the drive that will allow you to push a small paperclip inside and it will release. If it doesn't open on it's own, listen for any noise of it trying to open. If there is a noise, the gears could be worn or if no noise then it may have just burned out on you. Good Luck

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You could try to fix this by uninstalling your dvd drive in device manager and then rebooting. this might fix your problems. windows will automatically reinstall the drive when the pc restarts. if you have corrupted files you could try clicking on START, then clicking RUN, typing the command SFC /SCANNOW in the box and pressing ok. this should repair any problems.
to uninstall the drive in device manager, right click on my computer, click properties. you will find device manager on the tab or listed on the left in vista. right click on your dvd-cdrom drive in the manager and uninstall.

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