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  • SR-8184 iMac DVD not working...

    Okay, got an SR-8184 Slimline Slot Loading DVD from the iMac off eBay about two months ago.... $15......

    I just now got the ability to test it out and it kind of doesn't work.... The BIOS regonizies it, it shows up in the device manager... all this looks good.... but when I go too insert a disc, I keep pushing and pushing untill there is maybe 1/8" of the disc sticking out and it never respondes....

    It seems to me like the internal mechanics of it are dead..... After running the computer for about 30 to 40 minutes... I could feel it was warm....

    Any ideas???

    Thanks in advance...

  • #2
    BIOS? On a Mac? There ain't no BIOS on a Mac.

    Try these guys, they might be able to help you.

    http://forums.macnn.com/forumdisplay.php?s=&forumid=73


    Are there really other Mac users in here?

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    • #3
      1. A Mac does have a BIOS, I suspect you're thinking of a the CMOS settings screen you can get to on a PC on boot. A BIOS is the code that lets the computer interact with physical devices attached to it.

      2. I suspect he's trying to use an iMac slot load DVD drive on a PC as part of his carputer. This is mp3car.com, after all, and the Macs have the slot load drives we all covet.
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      • #4
        Duh what???

        Okay, I am using a PC with the "coveted" iMac slot load DVD.... BIOS.... last time I read the dictionary, BIOS is the firmware that runs the computer and is the repository for all the hardware information and configurations....

        i.e. - it identifies and controls the IDE devices, and it recognizes the DVD drive correctly....

        Actually I thought CMOS was that little Monkey dude in the new Planet of the Apes movie....

        But other than that it shows no signs of life.... I don't know and can't tell if the drive has any power or activity LED's on it, but there is nothing blinking.... it never tries to grab the disc.... it acts like it is totally dead....

        Go figure.......

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        • #5
          try opening it up.. or sticking the disk ALL the way in.. see if it can spin it up and just not suck.

          or maybe this is why it was 15$
          Pete Kastner www.KastNERD.com

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          • #6
            try the suggestion above, opening it up...

            i had a similar problem, and resolved it by trying to figure out the mechanism that pulls the disc in. if i remember correctly, part of the mechanism was stuck, preventing it from pulling in the discs correctly. i think this might happen in shipping.

            hope that helps

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            • #7
              Mine's not working either. I haven't used it for a couple months, but last time I used it, it WAS working... *sigh*

              See my other post (just made it then saw yours). Same symptoms, LED lights up, but the DVD drive doesn't seem to want any DVDs pushed in.. *shrug*

              DAMNIT!!

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              • #8
                Originally posted by ruzzmon
                try the suggestion above, opening it up...

                i had a similar problem, and resolved it by trying to figure out the mechanism that pulls the disc in. if i remember correctly, part of the mechanism was stuck, preventing it from pulling in the discs correctly. i think this might happen in shipping.

                hope that helps

                Had same problem with 2 of these drives. I thought the seller just sent me the same drive, but said that he had sent a replacement. Anyway I opened mine up and figured out what had jammed up in the loading mechanism. Put it back together and it worked fine. Haven't used it since.
                '03 Sierra Denali

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by rgardjr
                  I opened mine up and figured out what had jammed up in the loading mechanism. Put it back together and it worked fine. Haven't used it since.
                  Can you explain how you opened it up? I see 2 screws, one on either side, and then I can't tell how it opens after that.

                  Also, once you remove the top (it looks like that comes off), then does anything fall off and have to be re-assembled again??

                  It's a little scary, to be honest.. I don't want to mess it up more than it already is..

                  Thanks!

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by sq_geek
                    Can you explain how you opened it up? I see 2 screws, one on either side, and then I can't tell how it opens after that.

                    Also, once you remove the top (it looks like that comes off), then does anything fall off and have to be re-assembled again??

                    It's a little scary, to be honest.. I don't want to mess it up more than it already is..

                    Thanks!
                    Well I took mine apart last night, all you do is remove the two TINY screws you see on the sides and then slide the top back..... Getting the screws loose is a *****..... Very small philips head.... I ended up using the smallest bit I had and a cordless drill.... got one to break loose the other got to messed up to grab, so I had to dremel the head off.... It will be fun trying to find a replacement for that...

                    Any how once apart I have no clue what I am looking for.... I pushed a disc all the way in and nothing... did this several times.... I was looking for like a small contact or limit switch that would start it up... couldn't see anything...

                    Now just to make it more confusing the little motor in there did spin twice for a second or so.... but nothing more....

                    Ya know, I was just thinking.... a few minutes after this the whole computer started freaking out (rebooting, crap on the screen, etc).... that got me concerned, forgot about the DVD drive to figure out was was going on with the computer....

                    Turned out to be the lawn mower battery I am using in the house was going dead.... so maybe it is working now and the one second deal with the motor running was cause it didn't have enough amps....

                    I don't know, have to play some more tonight

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                    • #11
                      I, too was thinking maybe it is power related.. Maybe it is not getting the juice it needs from my 55w DC-DC PSU cable, spliced off my hard disk's cable.

                      What voltage do these suckers need, anyways? 5v?

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                      • #12
                        Don't remember too many specifics of the repair. What I do remember is there were two vertical plastic shafts that touch the edge of the cd/dvd when it's inserted. I vaguely remember the problem had something to do with a couple of the plastic pieces not getting out of the way so the disc could be pulled in all the way. I pretty much manually pushed a cdr in to see where it would bind up and eventually figured out that an arm had gotten stuck under another part of the mechanism. Sorry I can't be more help.
                        '03 Sierra Denali

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by sq_geek
                          I, too was thinking maybe it is power related.. Maybe it is not getting the juice it needs from my 55w DC-DC PSU cable, spliced off my hard disk's cable.

                          What voltage do these suckers need, anyways? 5v?
                          Yeah, they run on 5V... I think the amp draw is around 700ma...

                          And the more I think about it, I think lack of amps might be my total problem... There is no binding at all, the disc just keeps pushing in and never activates the drive... the posts move and all the mechanisms seem to work...

                          Even when I was playing with it before taking it apart, the battery was probablly close to dead, and maybe it just won't fire up with out sufficent voltage or amps...

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                          • #14
                            Yeah, mine too is just letting me push the disc in and it never activates the motor to suck it in and spin it up.. it's weird. I was also thinking it could be under-powered..

                            crap...

                            I'm going to disassemble mine tonight. I'll post an update later.

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                            • #15
                              HOLY CRAP!!!

                              I got it working!!!

                              I opened it up and inserted and pulled out the CD several times.. It was getting teased I think.. ;-)

                              Then I was pressing it's eject button a bunch of times to get it all turned on and stuff..

                              You know, foreplay..

                              Anyways, it seems if I stick it in and kind of angle the CD upwards, it will catch and work..

                              SWEET!!!!!!!

                              Now I'm installing WinXP with no CD case on it.. it looks purdy cool.. It spins FAST as hell..

                              WAY COOL..

                              I think I'm going to take it to AllMac the Mac repair store tomorrow and have them tweak it (fix it) so it works 100% of the time..

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