DVD/Super Drive problem

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by whirlntwirl, Apr 8, 2005.

  1. whirlntwirl macrumors newbie

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    Hi All--

    I'm having a strange problem with my Powerbook's DVD burner. I've had the PB for over a year, it plays and write CDs with no problem. It views DVDs (movies) great. But it will not accept any blank DVDs to write to. It just spits them back out after a minute. It does that while trying to go through iDVD, also. This is the first I've noticed it, as this is the first time I've tried to burn a DVD on it.

    I've tried numerous brands of discs. Ones that I've tried work okay on my PB at work, no problem. I'm up to date on my OS version (10.3.8). I've also run the Apple Hardware Test, and it says everything is fine.

    Has anyone ever encountered this, and/or have any suggestions?

    wt
     
  2. devman macrumors 65816

    devman

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    This happened on a friend's PB once. It turned out it was a bad superdrive. I hope that's not the case for you, but it sounds like you've exhausted most other possibilities. If you purchased applecare though, then you're sweet - so just go get it checked.
     
  3. yellow Moderator emeritus

    yellow

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    Can you please post the results of (Open /Applications/Utilites/Terminal and type):

    drutil info
     
  4. whirlntwirl thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Vendor Product Rev
    MATSHITA DVD-R UJ-816 DXJ3

    Interconnect: ATAPI
    Support Level: Apple Shipping
    Cache: 2048k
    CD-Write: -R, -RW, BUFE, CDText, Test, IndePts, ISRC
    DVD-Write: -R, -RW, BUFE, Test
    Strategies: CD-TAO, CD-SAO, DVD-DAO
     
  5. yellow Moderator emeritus

    yellow

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    Alrighty..

    Just to be sure, you're using DVD-R/RW media right? Your SuperDrive doesn't support DVD+R/RW, and if you've been using that, it would account for what you're seeing.


    You've done a pretty solid job of troubleshooting so far. I would suggest a PMU reset..

    http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=14449

    Beyond that, try logging in as another user (create one if need be) and try burning to a DVD. If it works in another user, then you know it's relegated to your user and should be easyish to fix. If not, then it's system-wide and you should probably take it to an Apple Certified repair group.
     
  6. whirlntwirl thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks, Yellow!

    I'll give that a try after work, post the results. :)
     
  7. whirlntwirl thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Success!

    Whew! That was it...

    Thanks, again!!!


    wt
     
  8. maxvamp macrumors 6502a

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    Just curious

    What was the solution? Yellow posted several suggestions...

    Max.
     

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