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Old May 31, 2008, 10:46 AM   #1
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DVD cleaner for Macbook pro.

What DVD cleaner disc can I use for this? Its not reading all my dvds so I figure it just needs a clean.

Ive read on the back of a few cleaners that it shouldnt be used for DVD roms. Not sure if thats important when it comes to Laptops. Also most just give instructions for a dvd player.

Basically I dont want to stick something in my pretty little laptop and mess it up for good.
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Old May 31, 2008, 11:02 AM   #2
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You don't, especially since it's a slot loading drive.
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Not quite sure what youre saying. What do i need to clean it?
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Old May 31, 2008, 11:11 AM   #4
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Not quite sure what youre saying. What do i need to clean it?
I said you don't use a DVD cleaner.

You'd have to take it out of the computer and use compressed air.
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Oh lovely. Is that something i can do or is it a professional service?
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Old May 31, 2008, 11:30 AM   #6
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Oh lovely. Is that something i can do or is it a professional service?
Do you have AppleCare/warranty? If you do you can probably get them to give you a replacement drive; of course they will test the drive to see if it's really bad or it's your media.
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Oh lovely. Is that something i can do or is it a professional service?
It is not difficult to do.

Here is a video to show you how to do it...

http://eshop.macsales.com/tech_center/installation.cfm

Just click on the Optical Drive Tab and select the MBP below.
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Old May 31, 2008, 11:40 AM   #8
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I dont im afraid. Although may always be worth a ring. Thanks for your help.
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Do you have AppleCare/warranty? If you do you can probably get them to give you a replacement drive; of course they will test the drive to see if it's really bad or it's your media.
Thanks for the link. Its downloading now.
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It is not difficult to do.
Here is a video to show you how to do it...
http://eshop.macsales.com/tech_center/installation.cfm
Just click on the Optical Drive Tab and select the MBP below.
May be ill find out when this vid dls although would a replacement cost a lot?
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I dont im afraid. Although may always be worth a ring. Thanks for your help.

Thanks for the link. Its downloading now.


May be ill find out when this vid dls although would a replacement cost a lot?
Check that out on their website. Their prices are some of the lowest around, excellent warranties, good support. I buy a lot from them (memory, hard drives, etc.)
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That video was excellent thanks. Looks easy enough.
So whats the best way I could go about cleaning the drive once its out?

Or is it simply time to buy another?
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That video was excellent thanks. Looks easy enough.
So whats the best way I could go about cleaning the drive once its out?

Or is it simply time to buy another?
That's hard to answer. You can try compressed air as was suggested earlier. If the laser is out of alignment, that could be causing the problem or if you are a smoker (like I am) the laser could be covered with nicotine or tar.

If you have the guts to physically open the optical drive, you could try cleaning the laser (if you can get to it) with 90% Isopropyl Alcohol. I myself have never done this and I don't know if it can be done from recollection. The case itself may be riveted together preventing opening it (I just don't remember if this is the case or not).

I would try the compressed air first and after reassembling your MBP try it with the DVDs giving you problems. If you are still having problems, replace it with a new one from OWC.
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That video was excellent thanks. Looks easy enough.
So whats the best way I could go about cleaning the drive once its out?
Use compressed air; use short bursts. wipe dust from around the drive; use rubbing alcohol or a slightly moist cloth; be sure to dry it; then replace the drive and see if it works; if it doesn't it may mean you need a new drive.

Try cleaning first, it's free (or cheap). And don't use a vacuum.
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Excellent. Ill order the air (!) and some fancy screw drivers.

really appreciate the help guys. Thank you.
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Old Jun 1, 2008, 03:30 PM   #14
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Am i being stupid or do they not have a listing for a SuperDrive for a macbook pro?
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Old Jun 1, 2008, 03:44 PM   #15
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Also just looking on the Apple Discussion boards and some people have used DVD lens cleaners.

So, can I use a lens cleaner?..
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Am i being stupid or do they not have a listing for a SuperDrive for a macbook pro?
Strange, I couldn't find one for the intel books either on OWC's site either.

But I did find it here:

http://www.powerbookmedic.com/Apple-...FQECGgod1CU0hg
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Old Jun 2, 2008, 10:27 AM   #17
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is the machine still under warranty OP? IF it is, i wouldnt even mess with opening up the computer, come on.

Take it to apple, let them take a look, bring your dvd's.
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Old Jun 3, 2008, 04:37 AM   #18
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Thanks Merlin. Im in England though, so ideally id like to find a company over here.

Its out of warranty. After sticking in a disc i apparently wasnt supposed to use its working fine. Might only be temporary.
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