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Kaustubh Katdare
Kaustubh Katdare • Nov 16, 2013

iMac superdrive issues : ejects DVD after few seconds

My iMac 27" (2011) model is already past its warranty and the superdrive isn't functioning well. It's popping-out any DVD inserted after a gap of about 15-30 seconds. After inserting the DVD, the superdrive tries to read it, makes some noise (DVD spinning) and then ejects it. I've read that some of the iMac users were able to fix the issue without taking their machines to Apple service center. I've been reading about how setting NVRAM or PRAM fixes the issue.

My attempts at resetting NVRAM and PRAM were unsuccessful because the system does not recognize bluetooth paired keyboard at the time of booting. The only way to fix this seems to be connecting a USB powered keyboard and then pressing Command+Option+P+R keys at the time of booting, before the iMac icon appears.

If anyone of you have experienced similar issue and got it fixed through some or the other way, please share the steps. I'm going to try connecting Windows USB keyboard and try it out.

PS: Surprisingly, the Optical Drives for iMac are very costly. I called the local store and they said it's going to cost ~Rs. 13,000. I'd rather buy a portable super-drive.

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