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Hi all A friend's "helpful" son interupted a system update to play some games; now the machine doesn't start up. It shows a flashing foler icon and a question mark. All the Apple docs on their support site tell me to start fixing this by starting up from the OS X Install CD, and suggest I can get the CD into the iMac by starting it up with the mouse button down - this is supposed to open the CD drive. It doesn't. Can anyone suggest how I can get the CD drive to open? Meow...

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    Hi all

    A friend's "helpful" son interupted a system update to play some games;
    now the machine doesn't start up. It shows a flashing foler icon and a
    question mark. All the Apple docs on their support site tell me to start
    fixing this by starting up from the OS X Install CD, and suggest I can
    get the CD into the iMac by starting it up with the mouse button down -
    this is supposed to open the CD drive. It doesn't.

    Can anyone suggest how I can get the CD drive to open?

    Meow
    Cat Guest

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    I had a similar prob once - boot into open firmware - hold down
    command-option-O-F at startup, once you get a prompt - I think I just
    typed eject, and out it came........


    In article <meow-D4D975.19304624072003otis.netspace.net.au>, Cat
    <meowpurring.cat> wrote:
    > Hi all
    >
    > A friend's "helpful" son interupted a system update to play some games;
    > now the machine doesn't start up. It shows a flashing foler icon and a
    > question mark. All the Apple docs on their support site tell me to start
    > fixing this by starting up from the OS X Install CD, and suggest I can
    > get the CD into the iMac by starting it up with the mouse button down -
    > this is supposed to open the CD drive. It doesn't.
    >
    > Can anyone suggest how I can get the CD drive to open?
    >
    > Meow
    plasmodium Guest

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    In article <240720032016450790%insignature.mate>,
    plasmodium <insignature.mate> wrote:
    > I had a similar prob once - boot into open firmware - hold down
    > command-option-O-F at startup, once you get a prompt - I think I just
    > typed eject, and out it came........
    Yeah, tried that (have to type "eject cd"). Didn't work.

    Meow
    Cat Guest

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    sounds grim :o

    In article <meow-43B97D.21373324072003otis.netspace.net.au>, Cat
    <meowpurring.cat> wrote:
    > In article <240720032016450790%insignature.mate>,
    > plasmodium <insignature.mate> wrote:
    >
    > > I had a similar prob once - boot into open firmware - hold down
    > > command-option-O-F at startup, once you get a prompt - I think I just
    > > typed eject, and out it came........
    >
    > Yeah, tried that (have to type "eject cd"). Didn't work.
    >
    > Meow
    plasmodium Guest

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    Default Re: Flat screen iMac Startup Problem

    try this

    1. restart your compputer again
    2. immedietly after the boot tone/ chime hold down the mouse
    3. that shld eject your CD tray


    In article <240720032307189829%mate>, plasmodium
    <mate> wrote:
     
    > >
    > > Yeah, tried that (have to type "eject cd"). Didn't work.
    > >
    > > Meow[/ref][/ref]
    Macjra Guest

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    In article <0.1.2>, com (Macjra)
    wrote:
     

    Yeah, tried that already. The beast is at the MacHospital now.

    Meow
    Cat Guest

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    Cat <cat> wrote:
     

    I had this happen last year when I fist got my FP iMac. I called Apple,
    and they suggested the mouse trick, the ROM trick, etc. None of it
    worked.

    Then I fell back on my old days as a hardware hack. With the iMac
    unplugged, I did the following:

    1. I opened the front panel. (The one that drops down when it ejects the
    CD.)
    2. On the bottom right there is a white gear. I used a small driver
    and placed the head in one of the gears.
    3. I slowly and gently turned the gear to the right. (Moving the
    driver to the next notch, etc.)
    4. The door to the SuperDrive opened enough that I could gently pull it
    open the rest of the way. I then took out the CD.

    (I'm not recommending it, by the way--it's just what I did. I posted for
    those who are brave enough to do it themselves...or those whose iMac is
    out of warranty.)

    The problem, by the way, is with on version of a Cars CD. I can
    te the problem. I sent it to Apple for further diagnosis--I
    didn't hear back.

    The CD plays fine in everything else, but the iMac doesn't like it one
    bit...nor does it want me to have it!

    Joel
    Joel Guest

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    In <netspace.net.au> Cat wrote: 
    >
    > Yeah, tried that already. The beast is at the MacHospital now.[/ref]

    Well I hope you gave the little brat a kick up the ;-)

    <old voice> back in my day I would have been told to PAY for the cost of
    the repairs! </old voice>

    Matthew Gardiner
    Matthew Guest

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