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Aug 15, 2009

it kind of just happened suddenly but my new aluminum iMac can not read CD/DVDs nor show them as an icon on the desktop. I don't know if this matters but it stopped reading them shortly after I preformed a mount with toast titanium on a mac universal binary image. Also, if I put a disk in, it thinks for a bit, then spits it out. I think I may have shut down the computer without dismounting the image and I don't know if that may contribute to the problem.

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OS X :: CD/DVD Drive Not Reading Disks?

Mar 7, 2010

Bought a MacBook about a year and half ago and have had no issues until today. I have been able to burn numerous CD's and DVD's but for some reason today when I tried to burn a CD it keeps spitting the blank CD out. I doesn't seem to recognize any disk. When I put a disk in it makes a quiet noise like it's trying to read it but after a few seconds spits it out. No application seems to recognize any disk either.

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Oct 14, 2007

I have a G5 Power PC with Dual Ghz 2.5 processors. I have two 250 GB hard drives, my primary drive has 45 GB available and my secondary (storage drive) has 10 GB left.

My problem is that I have 6.5 GB of installed and recognized RAM, and yet I constantly hear my hard drive spinning up, as though the OS is using virtual RAM off of my hard drive(s), and ignoring my plentiful system RAM.

This happens when launching every application - big or small - and even surfing the internet. I open Activity Monitor and see that my Virtual memory is 7.2 when idle and grows to 8.5 with a couple of programs open. My page in/out is 48919/0.

This "spin up" sound happens all of the time, whether I am working on something or not, but particularly when I launch programs. No background programs (such as a virus scanner) are installed or running.

So my question is this: Is there any way that I can adjust OS X (latest version) so that it strictly reads my system RAM first before going to my drive? Some setting somewhere? I thought that OS X (as in all computers) only went to the hard drive's VM when it ran out of System RAM. Am I missing something?

Dual 2.5 GHz PowerPC G5 and iMac G4 800MHz w/ 1 GB RAM
Mac OS X (10.4.10)
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May 11, 2010

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May 9, 2008

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OS X :: CD Drive Not Reading And Ejecting Disk

Nov 9, 2009

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OS X :: Replacing Hard Drive - No OS Disks

Apr 14, 2009

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Sep 24, 2009

I have the early 2006 17" first intel Macbook pro , My DVD drive stopped reading any Drive i put into , I've noticed that a couple of weeks back, but it would read them after a while.

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Nov 3, 2009

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Dec 5, 2010

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Apr 17, 2012

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Aug 30, 2014

My Macbook pro has started to eject cds and dvds without reading them. This is a new development, it did not used to do this. 

I have tried a number of different cds and dvds but none seem to be accepted. 

What can be done...do I need take it in or is the problem fixable?

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Mar 31, 2012

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Aug 21, 2009

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Jul 15, 2010

My current MBP I bought new earlier in the year so has both software disks etc. Now, I bought an IMac second hand this week and I find the install disks are missing. I have bought a new copy of snow leopard but I am wondering if theres a way of installing just the iLife apps from the MBP disks onto my IMac?

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Feb 9, 2009

I have a 450 MHz, 20 GB, 256 Mb ram, OS X 10.2 iMac that I am trying to get connected to a cable modem. The problem stems from the fact that I cannot change the settings in internet connect because the person who originally set it up locked it and I do not have the password. If I can solve this problem without reformatting that would be great. However, I do not know how to pull this off.

I thought it might be easiest to reformat the hard drive and reinstall OS X, however there is a catch here too. I do not have the boot disks that came with the iMac, I have the boot disks for an older version OS X 10.03 (for an ibook). If I was to try and reformat the iMac with these disks so that I can change the internet connection info am I going to kill this computer?

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Feb 5, 2009

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Jan 13, 2010

I recently bought an external hard drive (like 2 weeks ago)- I put two partitions on it, one set as a Time Machine backup (HFS+) and one as file storage (FAT32 to make compatible with Windows XP boot on my Macbook Pro). When I first got it, I remember being surprised by how quiet it was. I filled it up and now, whenever I plug the drive in, it makes a sound like it's constantly reading (reminds me of the sound old, old computers used to make when thinking a lot, i.e. with the blinking orange light).

As soon as I start 'using' it (for instance, turning Time Machine backup on, etc.) it suddenly starts running quiet again. I made sure to make it 'invisible' to Spotlight so it doesn't index the drive... what else could be accessing the drive and making it work so hard? The constant 'grinding' of the drive is really bothersome!

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PowerPC :: G4-Dual 500 - Reading Data Burned On The DVD-RAM Drive

Jul 27, 2010

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Mar 12, 2012

I have a late 2009 MacBook pro, running the latest version of Lion. Last week, I experienced a Kernel panic at start up, and was unable to launch the OS, even with the recovery boot. Starting in verbose told me that there was a sata issue. I opened the computer, replaced the internal hard drive with lion set upon it, and tried to start again, without any success. I bought a SATA-USB cable to plug my old hard drive. My computer is now running normally, but with the former internal hard drive plugged in USB.

Disk manager sees the new one and I can read data written upon it, but I can't write anything nor erase or partition it. So both the hard drives are OK (I tested them in a friend's MacBook pro and it worked), the computer seems OK too, because I'm running it presently, but any internal hard drive won't work. The cable that links the hard drive to the motherboard does not seem to be damaged, however, the status indicator light is not working since that time.

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