Optical Drive spins upon boot up but never recognizes disc in it.
I was given this PB with the knowledge that the optical drive 'was not working'. I have a iBook G4 933Mhz PPC (A1055) that is on its way out. I found that its optical drive is the same one in the PB... so... I have swapped the optical drives.
Booted up the PB with the Optical Drive from the iBook and put in an OSX disc... after spinning a bit and sounding like it was going to read it, the drive spun down with no desktop icon. I checked Disc Utility and it does not show on that.
Now I looked at the Optical Drive I pulled from the PB... I saw that a disc was stuck in it. I pulled that out (an Apple Care protection plan disc) and then loaded that drive into the iBook.
Power up the iBook and put in a disc... it works great!
Any ideas why the optical drive will not work in the PB? It is running 10.5.8 which hangs up when trying to use... but that is another issue.
More details... When I look at system profiler, the 'Disc Burning', 'Parallel SCSI', 'SAS' or 'Serial ATA' show any devices. Should it be showing on one of these?
Is this a good question?