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Old Oct 17th, 2017, 02:05 PM   #1
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iMac - CD's eject very slowly or not at all

Cleaning house I found a G3 iMac.
It booted up fine and is running 10.4.3 - from what I gather 10.4.x is the latest OS it can run.

Problem is that CD's are ejected either very slowly or not at all.
Not all CD's but most.
The odd CD ejects fine with no problem and others don't eject at all until I try several times and then grab the edge of the CD and pull it out.

I wonder if there is any way to try to fix this without taking the whole iMac apart - maybe lubricate the drive somehow.
Or, since this iMac has been sitting idle for years, maybe more use will help.

I read on the net that a drive belt in the iMac stretches over time preventing the rollers that push the CD out from turning if there is too much resistance....but even if I take the iMac apart - it doesn't look as if there is a proper replacement for this belt if that in fact is the problem.

Anyone come across this problem and can suggest something to try/

I also have a similar problem with the drive on a 2011 MacBook Pro - there I have to tilt the Mac so gravity helps to get the disk out.
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Old Oct 17th, 2017, 02:32 PM   #2
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Slot loading CD drives are not generally considered super reliable. Perhaps an External tray loader would be the answer?

Wish you were closer to Alberta. I would love to pick up a G3 to let me run OS 9 on very rare occasions. Shipping costs on that beast would be prohibitive.
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Old Oct 17th, 2017, 03:06 PM   #3
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I have an external USB drive I use with my latest Mini that doesn't have an internal drive.
So I could use that on a temporary basis.
But I still wonder if there is not something I can do with the internal iMac one. It reads CDs fine, just struggling to eject when sitting on a desk.

BTW - I was not really thinking of selling it.
However, if you would like one, have you thought of putting a "wanted" ad in Kijiji, Craigs list etc locally?
Or is there a Mac club where you could inquire?
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The belt may just have notched from sitting in one position too long, and the drive gets stuck in that rut. Or the housing may have warped slightly, so not perfectly flat discs get stuck.

I would disconnect it if you're comfortable opening it up, and use an external drive since you're planning on keeping it. I am not *Mac* certified though.

That said I should look up that vintage to know what CD ROM it actually has
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There were many optical slot load Macs where the outside housing was just too tight and would bind on any disc as well as scratching them making them useless.

The fix was to use a file or sandpaper, sharp tool etc. to enlarge and widen the opening if it couldn't be shifted after loosening any housing screws. But the age and the old drive belt makes sense but not easily replaced I would think.

( PS: industrial O-rings would probably work and can also be made to length to create a drive belt probably.)
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