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Model A1312 / Mid 2011 / 2.7 & 3.1 GHz Core i5 or 3.4 GHz Core i7 Processor, ID iMac12,2

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Why did my cd player stop working?

Hi all!

When I put a cd or dvd into the slot of my 2011 iMac, it spins up slightly 3 times before ejecting it again. Why is this? Is this a software issue or hardware?

I opened it up some time ago to fix the graphics card, but I am not sure whether this problem was already there or if I might've caused it during the repair.

Interested to read your toughts/solutions!


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Hey, Rembert.

Your optical disc drive (ODD) is likely experiencing a failure of a processing component. The most likely cause here is a laser that is either dirty or has gone bad. I would suggest opening the Macbook to clean the laser and lens of the ODD. If cleaning it doesn't work, you should look into replacing the ODD as a whole, as it would be much simpler and more likely to fix it than just replacing the laser. You can find a guide on how to do so here. I hope you found this helpful in some way

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Thanks a lot, I will try this.

If the ODD turns out to be broken, would it be possible to replace it with an old one from an old macbook pro 1278?



Unfortunately, you wouldn't be able to replace the Optical Drive in your iMac with the one from your Macbook, even though they are from a similar generation. This is because the iMac used the ODD#GA11N, while the Macbook Pro used the ODD#UJ8A8. The one in the Macbook is slightly thicker, and likely uses a different sized connector as well. Your best bet would be the $40 replacement offered by iFixit.



The ODD was indeed extremely dusty! I cleaned it and the laser also, but sadly the problem persists.

model no. is AD-5690H, I don't believe the part is readily available and would be worth the cost. So I think I am just going to leave it as is, and maybe buy an external one someday.

Thank you for the help!


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