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Force the system to find a 'lost' optical drive
Authored by: ghlbtsk on Aug 07, '07 07:51:21AM

I had this situation with my old G4 MDD tower, except it was highly erratic. Since a reboot would usually solve it, I dealt with it for a few years. After one extended episode where it couldn't find the drive in either OS X or OS 9, though, I decided to open up the case and see if there was a loose cable somewhere. It turned out that the ATA cable had been partially sliced by the little metal door this G4 model had, and replacing the cable cleared up the problem for good. This seems less likely in a laptop, but it probably can't be ruled out, either.

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