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IMac disk drive is sick

IMac OS 10.5.7 has sick disk drive. Makes rattling and bumping noises and many times spits out disk. Sounds like it can't get up enough steam to run the disk. What's going on? Love my Mac...

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From what you say this is most likely caused by one of 2 possible issues. Either the lens is dirty, or the laser in the drive is going out.For a dirty lens, just try one of those lens cleaning discs. If this doesn't fix it, then you likely need a new drive. If your machine is still under warranty, just bring it to a authorized mac service place and they will fix it for free. Or you can just get an external dvd burner and plug it into one of your usb ports.

If not, its a fairly simple fix. Since you have leopard then you have an intel imac. You can find the drive you need on ebay for between 40-80. Just run a search for "imac superdrive". This will return the the results you need for a dvd burner that works in your mac.

To replace the drive, you will need a torx set. You can get them cheap at sears or most hardware places. These are the screwdrivers with a star looking thing on the end.

To get into your mac, place it screen down on a towel, so you don't scratch the screen. Remove the RAM cover, the one were your memory is. Then remove all of the screws at the bottom of the mac. After that, lift on its leg, the back panel should lift out from the bottom to the top. In the upper left corner you will see your drive. It will look like the ones in the picture on your search on ebay. There's a couple different ways they put them in there but its always fairly obvious how they come out. Take the old one out and put the new one in, replace the cover, replace the screws and you are good to go.

NOTE: If when you go to lift the back cover, all the guts want to come out, then its a bit more involved to get into it. If this is the case let me know and I will email you step by step instructions with pics. And DON"T try to lift out all the guts from the back.

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