9 Replies Latest reply: Apr 3, 2006 9:32 PM by Richard Gilpin
Dustin Vissering Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
The CD-ROM drive on my iBook will not take any CDs. The second I put one in and close the tray, it opens right back up. Anyone have an idea what the problem might be? I'd really appreciate any help!
  • Wilkie77 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I am having the same problem with my identical iBook just started after I installed new software with the CD Drive.
    Is it Hardware? Or Software? My guess is Hardware? Anyone have a suggestion?
    I would appreciate the help as well.
  • DevilishDuck Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I am having this issue as well! Any help would be greatly appreciated! I'm trying to upgrade to Tiger.
  • JDoppelt Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I, too, am having a similar issue. I recently got my iBook G3 and was adding software. The first software I added was successful. When I tried adding the second software, the CD spun around for a while, then a message came up that said something with the words "file" and "damage". It didn't say what type of file. Then it ejected my CD. I took the CD out and closed the tray. Now the tray won't stay closed. About 10 seconds later, the tray ejects- with or without CD. If I put a CD in, it won't read, it just ejects. The CD tray will only stay closed when the computer is shut off. As soon as I turn it back on, it opens.
  • maurylicious Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I have just encountered this problem as well. My cd drive was working fine and then when I next put a cd in, it ejects automatically. I was not installing new software, just copying cds into my iTunes so i could add them to my new iPod. Restarting has had no effect whatsoever. I have searched the apple database and found several incidents of the problem, but no solution. If you discover a fix, please e-mail me at maurylicious@yahoo.com - I will of course keep you updated if I find a fix.
  • Tim Danaher Level 1 Level 1 (55 points)
    Sorry for the 'Me, Too', but me, too...

    I've got a 500 MHz G3 Dual USB w. DVD-ROM/CD-ROM. I put in a disc, the drive makes several attempts to spin it up and mount it, but then spits it back out.

    I recently upgraded the OS to Tiger (10.4.3), using, of course, the iBook's DVD-ROM drive to install. Maybe this has something to do with it?

    Seems that this has become a common problem.
  • Rubyducky Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
    This is happened with me also. Although, my combo drive will read and play DVD's, it will spit out CD's automatically.
  • Richard Gilpin Level 2 Level 2 (165 points)
    Here's another "Me, too." I'm on an iBook G3, 466 mhz. My young son broke the bezel off the CD-ROM tray, and not long afterward the tray refused to stay locked in position.

    This has happened before, too. Several years ago, when the computer was new. First someone in the family broke off the bezel. Then the CD-ROM tray refused to stay in. I bought a new drive and a new bezel.

    I'm wondering now if there is some repair available. What is puzzling me is the connection between the bezel and the lock. I don't understand how there would be a connection; as far as I can tell, the only moving piece on the bezel is the pin that operates the ejector on the tray. With the bezel gone, that ejector should not work. Right?

    Is there some known repair for a tray that has had its bezel broken off?
  • Muhammad Jumadi Jamaludin Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Hi there

    I also encountered the same problem. One of the only problem i can think of is that the optical drive is spoilt.

    I had it replaced. Did not go to applecare as, applecare is over. I installed it myself using IBM laptop cd-drive and it works.

    Hope it help solve the mystery

    Ibook G3   Mac OS X (10.3.9)  
  • Richard Gilpin Level 2 Level 2 (165 points)
    Update: after I posted my previous message, I re-examined the bezel and realized I could glue it back together with Superglue. Now the bezel is back in its proper place on the end of the CD-ROM tray, but the tray still won't lock into position. I kind of suspected that the broken bezel might not have much connection to the failure of the CD-ROM drive.