Question about Apple iMac G3 (1999)
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: iMac disk drive is sick
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.
Posted on Sep 12, 2009
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I understand your problem to be that at the time you were executing the critical reboot just prior to installing Windows with Boot Camp, you placed the Windows CD into the wrong optical drive. Now your machine is stuck at the gray screen and is not responding to anything and will not boot from the system DVD
I have encountered this problem previously. The solution is to boot from an external drive containing a valid copy of the Mac OS. Although your machine will not boot from a DVD at this point, it WILL boot from an external drive if you hold down the Option key after you hear the startup chime, and select that drive's icon when it appears. Once you have successfully booted, go to System Preferences / Startup Disk to select the Mac partition of your internal drive, and your machine will reboot normally.
This leaves only the question of how you obtain an external drive containing a valid of the Mac OS. Some options are 1) a cloned backup drive, 2) another Macintosh via "Target Disk Mode," or 3) have someone create you such a disk from another machine. On the plus side, this solution involves no loss of your data, which makes it worth pursuing.
Posted on Nov 18, 2009
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