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Reset PRAM and NVRAM
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I tried the above. No luck. Problem persists.
Restart in Safe mode Make sure that the computer is shut down. Press the power button. Immediately after you hear the startup tone, press and hold the Shift key. Release the Shift key when you see the gray Apple and progress indicator. Let the Mac boot up... Run Disk Utility in Single User Mode Turn your Mac off. Turn it back on and this time hold down the Command (Apple) key and the S keys at the same time. This will boot your Mac into Single User Mode. Then type the following command... /sbin/fsck -fy (note the space between fsck and -fy) If you can't run /sbin/fsck -fy then type only fsk - fy Hit return and the disk utility should run and let it finish. When it finishes and there is no error, then type reboot and hit return. Let the Mac boot up. (Disk Utility will fix all system errors, bad preferences files etc)
I tried both Single User Mode and sbin/fsck -fy. The progarm reported the Macintosh HD as OK.
I still cannot load a disc into the drive.
I just realized I turned it off instead of typing "reboot". Should I do both again?
I am looking. Please wait.
I found the Mac OS Install DVD and the IMac Applications Install DVD.
I got the gray screen, then the spinning dial. It was going slowly so I had to get a drink of water. When I came back my normal desk top was showing but the computer still will not accept discs.
I was wondering about a bad drive and what the replacement options might be. I will follow your advice about getting an external DVD burner.
Than you, Steve