I think I am having issues with my "Mid 2007 iMac 24" (2.4Ghz). The optical drive is continuously making that loading or ejecting sound? I noticed it 2 weeks ago then did a restart and it went away. Started again today and restarting did not help.
I am a little worried due to the fact I was not educated at the time of the benefits of Apple Care over the Future shop warranty. I assumed ( I know...) that buying from FS I had to buy their warranty. I have since heard if I need a repair I may be without my computer for a while. Not from FS but from threads here.
I have not run any hardware tests yet and would like advice on what to do first? (before going the repair route).
The last disc I played worked but I did have a burn error or two lately...
I do have an external burner also so not stuck there but I did enjoy my silent iMac before this.
Model Name: iMac
Model Identifier: iMac7,1
Processor Name: Intel Core 2 Duo
Processor Speed: 2.4 GHz
Number Of Processors: 1
Total Number Of Cores: 2
L2 Cache: 4 MB
Memory: 3 GB
Bus Speed: 800 MHz
Boot ROM Version: IM71.007A.B03
SMC Version (system): 1.21f4
OPTIARC DVD RW AD-5630A:
Firmware Revision: 1AHM
Burn Support: Yes (Apple Shipping Drive)
Cache: 2048 KB
Reads DVD: Yes
CD-Write: -R, -RW
DVD-Write: -R, -R DL, -RW, +R, +R DL, +RW
Write Strategies: CD-TAO, CD-SAO, CD-Raw, DVD-DAO
Media: Insert media and refresh to show available burn speeds
I am running latest Leopard (10.5.7)
Thank You for any thoughts...
p.s. - any hints on dealing with FS...
Just how continuous is continuous? Does it only do the "reset" sound when you launch a program that will be using/querying the drive (Toast, the Disc Burning page in System Profiler, etc.) or is it all the time?
The reason I ask is that the drive in my mid-2007 MacBook Pro does this as well, but only in the situations I list above. I don't recall it always doing this, but I'm thinking it coincided with a firmware update at some point. Perhaps the drive controller now goes into power save mode when the drive isn't being used, thus requiring it to "power up" when a program wants it?
Now that being said, I did recently have to go through a drive replacement as well (it would just disappear from the system altogether, intermittently) but this power-up sound behaviour still exists in the new drive so I'm thinking the two things are unrelated as the new drive otherwise works perfectly.
Burn errors can be just as easily (if not more so) caused by the blank media you use, so unless you start consistently having burning problems with multiple brands of disc, I'd chalk the occasional failure to the joys of disc burning...
Happy Canada Day! Thank you for reply. It has stopped again today.
When it does happen it's every 4 seconds or so - my iMac can be idle.
I haven't noticed any change while opening programs or files.
So nice to have silence again but it seems that it's a matter of time till it starts
again. I do recall while ripping one of my DVDs the drive made a very loud (=bad)
noise but continued to finnish then slowed down like a propeller plane. Only made
that sound twice ( a few months back).
I did not update anything yesterday but I don't remember when it started if it was
after an update ( I don't think so).