I really learned a lesson on this one! I didn't look at a rented dvd before inserting it into my Apple iMac side slot, fortunately it was ejected when my computer wouldn't read it, and the readable side was covered with gunk! (possibly food particles) My problem: Now other cd's and dvd's won't load, the computer ejects then after trying to read them. Can I clean the dvd side slot safely with canned air? Any recommendations on cleaning it?
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Re: Dirty DVD Drive?
You can clean your DVD Drive by inserting the Disk Cleaner its either dry or liquid cleaner. If you don't have a disk cleaner just purchase it in the store near in your neighborhood. In that way you can clean the DVD Drive Laser eye and make it possible to read another disk next time you used. Usually it takes 15 minutes the standard cleaning time if you are cleaning the DVD Drive to ensure that it is properly cleaned. Also if it doesn't work then probably you can find a technician and let it check to the technician. I hoe that the laser eye of your DVD Drive is not damage due to some disk you inserted earlier.
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The iMac (Slot loading) computer's disc eject mechanism is electrical instead of mechanical. To eject a CD-ROM disc at startup that contains system software, press the mouse button until the computer ejects the disc. If the disc does not contain system software, wait for the iMac to start up and drag the disc icon to the Trash.
If either of these steps fails to eject the disc, push the drive's manual eject button with a small, blunt object like a paper clip. This button is located to the right of the CD/DVD slot as shown in Figure 1. The computer must be turned on to eject a disc in this manner.
Figure 1 Manual eject button
Once the disc is ejected, it extends just beyond its center hole so you can remove it from the drive. If the disc fails to eject, while holding in the paper clip, use another CD to gently push against the inserted CD. This gentle pressure may help to release the inserted CD.
Important: After ejecting the disc with the manual eject button, you must restart the iMac in order for the CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive to work. DONT FORGET TO VOTE
Do you have any small children in your house?
Seriously, I have 6 children. One (or two) of them put a quarter and two flat washers in my slot load CD drive. Took me over an hour to take it apart to fish them out.
I've also had a friend whose young children managed to get 2 cds into the slot load at the same time.
So, my primary suspect is a foreign object has gotten into the drive. I've never had a CD/DVD drive fail on an iMac other than that.
However, if it is a foreign object, you will need to take it in for repair, most likely. It is difficult to see in there. and even more difficult to grab the object.
I suppose that the cable could have become disconnected. I really doubt that the drive was a lemon, seeing that it worked for a year.
Hi, Sorry to hear you are having problems,
One final test to try before declaring the drive dead:
Insert a bootable installation CD or DVD and restart right away. If the system ejects the disk, simply re-insert it as soon as possible after you hear the start up sound and then, immediately press the ( C ) button on your keyboard forcing the Mac to boot from the cd....
If your Mac boots, then the drive is OK it's your system that has a problem.
If the disk is ejected again, then you can declare the drive dead. It is a relatively inexpensive repair and if your Mac is still under warranty, then apple will take care of this no charge.
When the Mac is turned on look for the small hole near the dvd drive (slot loading i take it?) you will need to insert a straightened paperclip or similar into the hole, the dvd should pop straight out, if the is no hole then if memory serves me the switch is just inside the slot on the right hand side (don't try if you arent confident as you don't want to risk breaking your drive)
also have you tried booting while holding eject, it's done the trick for me on a mackbook pro once or twice
if the iMac is one of the computers with the slot-load drive (you don't load the disc into a tray before it goes into the computer), then placing a disc smaller than a regular CD/DVD will damage the CD drive and will be very hard to remove.
you could buy an external CD/DVD drive and then use smaller discs with the iMac.