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Legacy iMac G4 superdrive problems
Posted by: mrbigstuff
Date: August 11, 2019 08:52PM
This machine is now my music server, since it is still fully functional for this purpose, and I still happily use it nearly 17 years later. I was burning some CDs (yeah, I still use em in my car) for a road trip and something totally bizarre happened.

This is the course of events: burned about four CDs when I started in on a fifth. Upon not realizing it was still working, I pressed the eject button. Bad move. It wasn't finished, and hesitated as if it were going to freeze. But it didn't. What it did do was start to ADD time onto the countdown clock. Yes, add time, so the counter was increasing. It was like I entered the Bizarro world of CD burning. At that point, I tried to actually stop the CD burning but no luck. Now, it had entered the nether world and just hung up. No amount of playing around would eject the CD. Even tried booting into the firmware. Nope. The CD is still inside and now it is not even recognizing the drive. What the ****** ?
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Re: Legacy iMac G4 superdrive problems
Posted by: mattkime
Date: August 11, 2019 08:54PM
>What the ****** ?

Welcome to technology!

Isn't it possible to use a paper clip to eject the disc?



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Re: Legacy iMac G4 superdrive problems
Posted by: PeterB
Date: August 11, 2019 09:39PM
If necessary, force-shutdown the machine; as mattkime suggests, get the drive open with a paperclip, then do a regular power cycle (fully shutting the machine down and back up again), and then... as bizarre as it sounds ... you may want to do a PRAM reset. I had a G4 iMac do exactly what you described, where it would not even recognize the presence of a drive, and the only thing that fixed it was a PRAM reset. Don't ask me why. dunno smiley




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Re: Legacy iMac G4 superdrive problems
Posted by: Speedy
Date: August 11, 2019 09:42PM
“Power on your Mac while holding down the option key. When the Boot Manager appears, it will display all bootable drives. Press and hold the eject key. The stuck CD or DVD should come flying out of the optical drive.”

“Eject key or F12 or mouse button or trackpad button: Eject removable media, such as an optical disc.”



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Re: Legacy iMac G4 superdrive problems
Posted by: WHiiP
Date: August 11, 2019 09:46PM
Turn the machine off and upon reboot hold the mouse button down until the disc ejects. Should happen within 1 minute or so . . .



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Re: Legacy iMac G4 superdrive problems
Posted by: Buzz
Date: August 11, 2019 10:34PM
Trade it in on a SRT V-10 Hemi RAM Pickup in red...



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Re: Legacy iMac G4 superdrive problems
Posted by: Sarcany
Date: August 11, 2019 10:45PM
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WHiiP
Turn the machine off and upon reboot hold the mouse button down until the disc ejects. Should happen within 1 minute or so . . .

boink smiley



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Re: Legacy iMac G4 superdrive problems
Posted by: GGD
Date: August 11, 2019 11:36PM
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Sarcany
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WHiiP
Turn the machine off and upon reboot hold the mouse button down until the disc ejects. Should happen within 1 minute or so . . .

boink smiley

And for best results use a wired USB mouse.
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Re: Legacy iMac G4 superdrive problems
Posted by: mrbigstuff
Date: August 11, 2019 11:57PM
Mouse button thing does nothing, I already tried that. And I don't see a place for a paper clip on the iMac drive, at least not visible.



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Re: Legacy iMac G4 superdrive problems
Posted by: mrbigstuff
Date: August 11, 2019 11:58PM
Oh, I am using a wireless mouse. I'll have to try wired tomorrow. Thanks.
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Re: Legacy iMac G4 superdrive problems
Posted by: Sarcany
Date: August 12, 2019 05:55AM
With a wireless mouse, wait until after the boot chime before clicking.



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Re: Legacy iMac G4 superdrive problems
Posted by: Harbourmaster
Date: August 12, 2019 07:54PM
On the iLamp you will have to manually open the outer door to access the hole for your paperclip ejection device.



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Re: Legacy iMac G4 superdrive problems
Posted by: mrbigstuff
Date: August 13, 2019 09:32AM
I did manage to get the CD out of the drive by shutting down, unplugging and pressing the start button for 5 seconds a couple of times. that worked combined with holding the mouse button down upon restart.

but it would appear that the drive is toast. the machine will not recognize it any longer, and iTunes fails when I select "burn disc" from the menu.

time to decide on a replacement, I guess.
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Re: Legacy iMac G4 superdrive problems
Posted by: space-time
Date: August 13, 2019 08:31PM
USB drives are cheap.
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Re: Legacy iMac G4 superdrive problems
Posted by: mrbigstuff
Date: August 14, 2019 10:43AM
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space-time
USB drives are cheap.

yes, but this machine is USB 1.0, so I would rather an internal.
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