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PowerBook G4 discs won't get snatched in discs just float freely

Help! I insert  a cd or dvd in the slot.... makes a weird sound  twice... then spits it out. Is the cd / dvd burner player toasted? Can I fix it or should I just get an external burner player drive? Thanks, DB PowerBook G4 -all discs float in optical slot where they  used to get "sucked in" and then read  by hard drive   -did some of the reboots and "type in" OS commands -did not install or uninstall anything new -no existing disc in slot

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  • ksbdesign May 27, 2009

    under about this mac - disc burner-  it says No burning device was found.


  • ksbdesign May 27, 2009

    ksbdesign     under about this mac - disc burner-  it says No burning device was found


  • ksbdesign May 27, 2009

    yeah, I guess I'll take the ol' girl to a pro...


    first problem ever with this machine in 6 years
    of abuse. Had to hear it from somebody
    who knows their S**T. Thanks again.

  • ikkenom May 11, 2010

    Replacing a CD-reader inside any "laptop/notebook" computer should only be done by certified technicians, not by "amateurs".



    If you cannot "diagnose" the problem, take it to an authorized Apple dealer, to analyze the problem.

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Yes, it sounds like the disk transport mechanism is shot.  You can try www.macsales.com for a replacement internal, but those are usually a) pricey and b) a REAL pain to install (LOTS of small parts and such) - www.ifixit.com has real nice tear-down guides for just this purpose.  Or, for lots cheaper, you could just use an external drive.  Good chance to upgrade to a faster drive/one with more features.  Go for a bus-powered one to cut down on the extra cords.

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