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mac g5 disc drive problem
    #3918068 - 03/14/05 10:50 PM (11 years, 8 months ago)

hey.i put a dvd into my G5 and it didnt read it. i tried to eject it but eject button does not work. it doesnt even show the little thing that pops up usually when you hit it. also i tried to eject it from a dvd software. and it says that the disc drive is nto there. what teh hell? hwo do i reinstall it or whats wrong??


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Re: mac g5 disc drive problem [Re: the man]
    #3918556 - 03/15/05 12:02 AM (11 years, 8 months ago)

i don't know macs, but check the apple equivelent of windows device manager. see if the drive shows up there.


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Re: mac g5 disc drive problem [Re: the man]
    #3919703 - 03/15/05 06:06 AM (11 years, 8 months ago)

The first thing I would try is reboot your mac... as soon as you turn it on, before the apple tone, hold down the apple-option-O-F keys (four keys, hold all of them down at the same time). You will hear the apple tone, then wait about ten seconds. When the white screen comes up release all four keys and you will get a > prompt. (if you get the spinning disc icon, you missed it... power cycle and try again) Type in "eject cd" without the quotes. If the drive still does not open, then you have a hardware problem that will require an authorized service provider to fix. Type "exit" without quotes to get back to normal operating mode, or simply power cycle.

If you still have problems, PM me your serial number and I will look up your machine and tell you what the service manual has to say about testing an optical drive on it.


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Re: mac g5 disc drive problem [Re: Seuss]
    #3919833 - 03/15/05 07:31 AM (11 years, 8 months ago)

No, he's running (assuming OSX) unix.  Restarting the computer is a windows solution.  It is the LAST thing he should try.

Just my elitist opinion :smile:


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Re: mac g5 disc drive problem [Re: delta9]
    #3919854 - 03/15/05 07:40 AM (11 years, 8 months ago)

I am an Apple Certified Desktop Technician, an Apple Certified Portable Technician, an Apple Certified Help Desk Specialist 10.3, and an Apple Certified Professional... I passed all three 90-minute prometric tests on the same day in under two hours. I think I know what I am talking about here.

Restarting the computer is the only way to get into open firmware and is the easiest way to test the eject mechanism of the optical drive for a hardware failure without voiding the warranty of the machine. We are trying to isolate the cause of a problem between software and hardware, not install a new application. Unfortunately, rebooting the computer is required in this case.


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Re: mac g5 disc drive problem [Re: Seuss]
    #3919877 - 03/15/05 07:55 AM (11 years, 8 months ago)

Throw the piece of shit away and buy a PC.

I'll sum up my argument with this phrase:

One mouse button.


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Re: mac g5 disc drive problem [Re: EvilEwok]
    #3920128 - 03/15/05 09:58 AM (11 years, 8 months ago)

> One mouse button.

There are plenty of three-button mice to choose from that work just fine under OS-X... keep the mac (or any unix based OS) and toss that windows shit...

I'll sum up my argument with this phrase:

Lack of security, buggy software, monopolistic pricing, evil business practices, spyware, malware, and computer virus'.


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Re: mac g5 disc drive problem [Re: Seuss]
    #3920345 - 03/15/05 11:34 AM (11 years, 8 months ago)

Heh I was just being an ass.

The only times I've used a mac was at my high school. They still sucked hard core though because of the mouse and lack of knowledge of the system.

As for Monopolistic pricing have you seen the cost of apple shit? It's way overpriced IMO.

And lack of security is because like 80% of computers are windows based.
The underdog system will always have the better security because if you're a hacker you're not going to target less than 20% of systems when you can have 80%.

If suddenly overnight everyone used OS-X it would soon have worse security than windows. If something can be done it can be undone.

But the main reason I won't use a mac is price and lack of hardware upgrades, Two huge negatives that undoes any positives.


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Re: mac g5 disc drive problem [Re: EvilEwok]
    #3920553 - 03/15/05 12:31 PM (11 years, 8 months ago)

thanks seuss it worked. exit didnt work but i typed mac-boot and that did.


seems liek its workign now the eject button coems up.


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Re: mac g5 disc drive problem [Re: the man]
    #3921001 - 03/15/05 02:48 PM (11 years, 8 months ago)

evilewok, stop talking plz, kthkx


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Re: mac g5 disc drive problem [Re: Seuss]
    #3921535 - 03/15/05 05:10 PM (11 years, 8 months ago)

And I'm a *n?x elitist, but I'll save you my qualifications.  I think you know people like me, and I think you know that power cycling is last resort for us types :wink:.


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Re: mac g5 disc drive problem [Re: EvilEwok]
    #3924330 - 03/16/05 05:22 AM (11 years, 8 months ago)

> thanks seuss it worked. exit didnt work but i typed mac-boot and that did

Ah, thats right... I usually use 'reset-all' to reset pram, etc... glad it worked!

> If suddenly overnight everyone used OS-X it would soon have worse security than windows. If something can be done it can be undone.

Very wrong. OS-X is built on top of Unix, a 37ish year old operating system that was designed from the ground up to be multiuser... which happens to meld well with the internet age regarding security. Winblows is built on top of DOS, a single user operating system that is around 22ish year old operating system that never had any security what-so-ever.

> But the main reason I won't use a mac is price and lack of hardware upgrades

I agree on the price, but you show ignorance of mac hardware when you claim there is a lack of hardware upgrades.

> As for Monopolistic pricing have you seen the cost of apple shit?

Take a macroeconomics class before arguing this... you may not see it, but you validated my point with your reply. (Besides, comparing HARDWARE costs to SOFTWARE costs is a mistake... compare the cost of OS-X to Win-XP for a fair comparison... or the cost of appleworks to MS-Office, etc...)

> I think you know people like me, and I think you know that power cycling is last resort for us types

There are times when it is appropriate to use a GOTO statement in C. Just because it is wrong 99% of the time doesn't mean you shouldn't use it the remaining 1% when it is the correct thing to do. Flexibility to a situtation is key when working with computers.

Any for the people that think I am a big Apple fan... keep thinking. I respect OS-X because it is based on top of Unix, and it takes a lot of courage to compete against Microsoft... they destroy competition. Personally, I will take Sun Solaris on a nice UltraSPARC over almost anything.


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Re: mac g5 disc drive problem [Re: Seuss]
    #3924379 - 03/16/05 06:20 AM (11 years, 8 months ago)

Good points Seuss, Although I still disagree about the security. No doubt it would be more secure, but there still would be exploits here and there.

Indeed I am happy about apple being around to give some competition to micro$oft, they need it.

Glad you got your computer working again The Man I know how much it sucks to have a busted one.

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Re: mac g5 disc drive problem [Re: Seuss]
    #3924453 - 03/16/05 07:35 AM (11 years, 8 months ago)

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> I think you know people like me, and I think you know that power cycling is last resort for us types

There are times when it is appropriate to use a GOTO statement in C.  Just because it is wrong 99% of the time doesn't mean you shouldn't use it the remaining 1% when it is the correct thing to do.  Flexibility to a situtation is key when working with computers.



Also a last resort, but I'm an elitist programmer, too :tongue:

Why the hell aren't you ever on IRC?  I'd love to spend some time discussing with you on various things :sun:


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Re: mac g5 disc drive problem [Re: delta9]
    #3935062 - 03/18/05 12:18 PM (11 years, 8 months ago)

> Why the hell aren't you ever on IRC?

Because I work something like 90 hours a week for three different jobs (not counting the shroomery) and spend what little time I have left sleeping.


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Re: mac g5 disc drive problem [Re: Seuss]
    #3936180 - 03/18/05 04:42 PM (11 years, 8 months ago)

I still :heart: you.  If you ever get some free time, come around :laugh:


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