iTunes killed my Combo Drive?!?!

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by crazytom, Jul 23, 2003.

  1. crazytom macrumors 6502a

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    I ordered an iPod a couple of days ago and decided to start ripping my CD's to get ready for it's arrival. I have about 100+ CD's. Today I got down to the last two, plopped one CD in and it got stuck on the first song. I tried all the wrong things (to avoid having to run 'repair permissions) and just let it spin and walked away. I came back 5 hours later and ripped the same disc successfully. The final disc only ripped at 0.8x....Then there was that sickening smell of something being cooked inside my computer. Now my Combo Drive just spits back out whatever disc I put in...*sniff* I would really appreciate if Apple would provide an instant reject option for CD's that have problems!!! Anybody else have something similar happen?
     
  2. ftaok macrumors 601

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    Why would you assume that the CD was the culprit? Maybe the Combo Drive burned out or malfunctioned in some way.

    BTW, what CD was it that you think screwed your system up? I'll know to stay away from it.
     
  3. gopher macrumors 65816

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    Many people have had trouble with copy-protected CDs not being able to eject at all and having to go to a service provider to get them removed. Also several people have had trouble with the mini-CD format not ejecting from slot loading Macs. A CD that's unballanced because it is sticky label labelled may also have difficulty ejecting in any kind of drive. I don't put sticky labels anymore on CDs.
     
  4. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    If it's under warranty yell and scream, if it's not -- there should be some alternative out there for a decent price for the tower.

    Or time to upgrade to the SuperDrive.
     
  5. crazytom thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I assume the CD was the culprit just because other discs worked OK, plus others on the Apple discussion boards have had similar problems. The bizarre thing is that the CD ripped 5 hours later just perfectly...so maybe it was the drive, possibly iTunes having a hiccup??

    My warranty expired already...no Applecare either. I guess drives are pretty cheap now, it just stinks that it's coming on the back of a iPod purchase!

    I already have a Superdrive as my other drive ... thankfully THAT didn't burn up. Now I'm very hesitant to put any CD's in until I have a backup drive...maybe I'll look into one of those super-fast Sony CD-R's since I really don't need the extra DVD capability.

    Has anyone had success installing a Sony drive in their mac (or will I be banned asking this question in Software discussion?)
     
  6. gopher macrumors 65816

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    I don't know about Sony, but LaCie makes Firewire CD-RWs that are Mac bootable! That is a real plus when the internal drive of your computer fails! Not to mention it bypasses bad boot.cfg files that can sometimes make the internal CD drive unbootable.
     
  7. crazytom thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Cool! Thanks! I'm going to go out on a limb here and purchase just the drive (which the Lacie drive is a LiteOn) from BestBuy (packaged as a Verbatim) and see if that'll work for me...did you follow that? ;)

    If it doesn't work, I'm only out $16.00 (after rebates).
     
  8. gopher macrumors 65816

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    I followed it, but why go to all that trouble? You know you'll get the right one (and I'm not talking the portable mode) at http://www.apple.com/store/
     
  9. crazytom thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I didn't find just the drive at the apple store...and if it's going to save me $150 by jumping through a couple rebate hoops, I'll do it---I've been inside my machine so many times, it's not funny!!!
    Plus, I like to avoid 3rd party purchases from the Apple store. I can find the same drive for 1/2 the price elsewhere. I've been searching some more and xlr8yourmac verifies that I will be able to use this drive...but we are way off topic now, aren't we? I'd still like iTunes to have an immediate eject feature

    Thanks for the input!
     
  10. gopher macrumors 65816

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    iTunes having an immediate eject feature? What's wrong with the one at the bottom right corner of the iTunes window?
     
  11. crazytom thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Oh...that one? I don't know. It's just that when I'd want to stop a ripping session that was going nowhere, I'd get the spinning ball and couldn't do anything with iTunes. I'll definitely give it a try the next time something like that happens...but I have to wait for my new CD drive to get here first.

    I could just as easily Force Quit the program, but that means running repair permissions to make it functional again --- that being a 10-15 minute process. (I understand why iTunes locks the music folder, but there's got to be a faster method of 'cleaning up' an aborted process.)
     
  12. gopher macrumors 65816

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    Repairing permissions is only necessary if the permissions actually have gone awry. Force quitting an application doesn't necessarily cause permissions to go bad. Only if a file is open when you have to force quit it does that file potentially not get the right permissions. It is more necessary if you are using applications in Classic or booting into Mac OS 9 since Mac OS 9 doesn't know X's permissions structure.
     
  13. crazytom thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    From my experience, every time iTunes would give me the spinning ball (and appear to be stuck) and I force quit, it would not allow any importing until I repaired permissions, so I assume that iTunes locks the music folder while it's working on an import operation; though I just tested this by starting an import and force quitting with no ill results (with my Superdrive)...so the actual problem is still to be determined (among a bad CD, bad drive, or iTunes). I've since been able to re-import the CD, I've tested iTunes under different circumstances, but I can't check the drive anymore...so that must have been the problem---I can't replicate the issue without it.
     

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