Help!!! Combo Drive doesn't like black discs...

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  1. alexdugman macrumors newbie

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    My TiPb 867 is about a year old and the combo drive works fine for cds and dvds. It will even read burned cds just fine. The problem is that when ever i insert a blank cd it will try for about a minute to read it, give up, and spit it back out. I would say its a hardware issue, but every once and a while I'll put a blank disc in and it will mount it almost instantly, and it burns just fine. I've tried different brands of CDs (right now im triyng memorex 80 min) but they all seems to fail the same amount (98% of the time).
    This really sucks because I'm a fledgling record producer and I need to have a drive to burn my master discs on.

    I even tried resetting the PMU, no help....
     
  2. yoman macrumors 6502a

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    so...

    you havent noticed anything special when your computer actually recognizes the blank disks?

    have you had other programs running if so which ones?
     
  3. alexdugman thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Ive tried with programs running, and without...
    Ive tried plugged in, and battery,
    with peripherals (mbox, FW HD) pluged in, and not.

    The times when it works dont seem to be based on anything. Sometimes its after I restart, but definalty not always. One time it worked when I sprayed canned air in the slot, but only once, and i tried at least like 5-10 times, even used a lens cleaner.

    If I set up a playlist in iTunes and click burn it says to put in the disc, I do, it tries to read it (says checking media), and then spits it out.

    Any ideas?
     
  4. yoman macrumors 6502a

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    what type of CD media are you using?

    CD-RW, CD-R

    I have noticed anyways in my case that CD-R media has never given me a problem. If you use CD-RW media it might not get along with your computer.
     
  5. alexdugman thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Ive never tried CD RW

    CDr is what isnt working....
     
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    Have you tried Verbatim CD-Rs? They're what Apple recommends, and I haven't had a single problem with them (which is more than I can say for some other brands...)
     
  7. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

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    Are you sure that the speed of the media matches the characteristics of the drive? If the media is too fast for the drive, it might work inconsistently.

    I've only used Yamaha CD-Rs in my Superdrive or my Yamaha recorder, but I know that we used to have to match things very carefully.
     
  8. alexdugman thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Ill pick up some vverbatims and try it out, hopefully that works


    Ill let you know

    thanks...
     
  9. lazarus macrumors newbie

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    same burning problem

    alexdugman,
    I have the exact problem burning blanks! Every now and then one will burn.This started about a week ago.If you figure it out I sure would like to know and I will do the same.Thanx, lazarus
    BTW, I use a PB667, 10.2.8, and Toast TI
     
  10. rdowns Suspended

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    Reading the title of the thread, I can't wait until some Windows publication prints a stroy about racist Apple drives.
     
  11. alexdugman thread starter macrumors newbie

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    ummmm

    I am so sorry.

    about the title i mean, big mistake...
    wow

    my bad...
     
  12. alexdugman thread starter macrumors newbie

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    imations work great

    my spool of memorex is now more worthless than ever..

    thanks for all the help guys.

    (check out my website to see my most recent recording project)

    www.passitonrecords.com
     
  13. manitoublack macrumors newbie

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    Re: Help!!! Combo Drive doesn't like blank discs...

    If it's younger, take it back,
    If it's older - Did you get the extend warrenty?

    If yes proceed to your nearest Apple store with your computer.
    If No proceed to your nearest apple store with your computer and a briefcase full of cash.

    good luck with your music productions and hope you get the problem fixed.
     
  14. manitoublack macrumors newbie

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    Sorry didn't see the last post, However the point still remains that you should be able to use any blank disk without a problem, I'd say still worth a trip to the store:D.
     
  15. alexdugman thread starter macrumors newbie

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    update... :-( can i get a price quote?

    Well, Imations worked ok, 60% or so of the time.

    Verbatims, (the suggested brand)

    0%....
    it wont read one, and ive been triyng for 2 hours.


    So... anyone have any idea what this might set me back? I have to get it fixed, my comp is just over 1 year old, and i didnt spring for the apple care (bad call).
     

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