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Drive Tray Problems

I am having a problem with my drive tray. The problem being that it will not extend. I sounds like it wants to extend, but doesn't. Any advice would be wonderful.

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Re: Drive Tray Problems

Has this machine been transported of moved with a disc in the drive? Some models of the G4 flat panel imac, have a slot above the drive where a wireless card maybe installed. Is there a possible loose cable in the path? If you can power it down and Let me know the processor speed ( which is specified on the bottom of the machine -in Ghz or Mhz ) I can better help you.

Keep me posted.

Posted on Dec 21, 2007

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