my powerbook not reading disc's

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by DisFrikkenWill, Apr 16, 2006.

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    ok i have this problem, my powerbook is not reading disc's, wether it be regular cd's or dvd's, it did today once but my computer froze and now it just makes loud noise coming from the dvd/cd drive and then spits the cd or dvd back out. if anyone can tell me whats wrong with my powerbook that would be great.

    its a 15" powerbook g4 1.67ghz with 1gb of ram and 100gb hdd
     
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    crap its not even reading my system restore disk, or my Mac OS X tiger sofeware....
     
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    Applespider

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    Not sure if this will help but since the last iTunes update, if iTunes is open sometimes my Superdrive in my PB won't recognise a a CD, whirs a lot and spits the CD out

    If I close iTunes, it doesn't.
     
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    yeah that doesnt work for me....:(
     
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    how much you think apple will charge for a fix like this? like replacing the whole dirve with a new superdrive?
     
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    gauchogolfer

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    Have you installed any new software lately? I had a similar problem when I installed a region-free DVD reader program, where it would just spit out DVDs. Once I unloaded that, no problems.
     
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    Counterfit

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    Is it still under warranty? If not, you could get a third party drive, like this one. You can either install it yourself, have a pro do it, or a friend that you know will absolutely not **** up your PB. ;)
     
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    I just had this problem yesterday after moving tons of files around for back-up storage.

    At least in my case repairing permissions fixed it immediately.
     
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    yeah i tried repairing permissions, but it didnt work. it would work for my dvd "the anchorman"(sp) but it would work for only 8 secs where theres the company name and it just stops turns black and like...sounds like its trying to search the disk.
     
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    mad jew

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    Were you trying to start up from these discs by holding down C before the boot tone? If not, then test whether you can start from these discs. :)

    If you cannot, then I think resetting the PMU might help. If not, reset the PRAM because it's oh so fun and you'll be filled with glee. :p
     
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    Heb1228

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    Dude you get way too much joy out of troubleshooting. ;)
     
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    mad jew

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    Oh come on, don't tell me you don't reset your PRAM and then do the post-PRAM-reset prance. It's one of my favourite jigs but it can get quite exhausting. :D
     
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    CanadaRAM

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    MJ just likes those digital PRAM examinations...
     
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    Heb1228

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    I think I've only reset my PRAM twice in the 2.5 years I've been using Macs... and never did anything that could be likened to a "prance" afterward. But I'll work on one for the next time so I'll have it ready.

    EDIT: Unless you have the steps already mapped out... if you could post them, that would be great. I think it would even be worthy of a sticky.
     
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    mad jew

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    1. Touch out with right heel and tap
    2. Tap with right heel again
    3. Touch back with right toe and tap
    4. Tap with right toe again

    5. Touch out with right heel
    6. Touch back with right toe
    7. Touch out with right heel
    8. Touch back with right toe

    9. Right foot crosses over left left putting weight on right foot
    10. Left foot touches out to side
    11. Bring left foot back together with a stomp
    12. Right foot stomps

    13. Left foot touches out to side
    14. Bring left foot back together with a stomp
    15. Right foot touches out to side
    16. Bring right foot back together with a stomp

    17. Left foot steps back
    18. Touch out with right heel (guys tip hat brim)
    19. Right foot steps forward
    20. Touch left toe next to right foot
    AND left foot steps back

    21. Touch out with right heel (guys tip hat brim)
    AND right right foot steps forward

    22. Touch left toe next to right foot
    AND left foot steps back

    23. Touch out with right heel (guys tip hat brim)
    AND right foto steps forward

    24. Touch left toe next to right foot

    25. Left foot steps forward
    26. Pivot 1/4 turn to right on ball of right foot
    27. Left foot stomps
    28. Right foot stomps

    29. Left foot steps in place
    30. Pivot 1/4 turn to right on ball of right foot
    31. Left foot stomps
    32. Right foot stomps

    33. Left foot steps forward at 45 degree angle to left
    34. Right foot slides up to left
    35. Left foot steps forward at 45 degree angle to left
    36. Brush kick with right foot

    37. Right foot steps to right
    38. Left foot steps to right behind right leg
    39. Right foot steps to right
    40. Touch out with left heel (guys tip hat brim)

    41. Left foot steps to left
    42. Right foot steps to left behind left leg
    43. Left foot steps to left
    44. Touch out with right heel (guys tip hat brim)

    45. Right foot steps forward putting weight on this foot
    46. Pivot 1/2 turn to left on ball of right foot, bringing weight down on left foot.
    47. Right foot steps forward putting weight on this foot
    48. Pivot 1/2 turn to left on ball of right foot, bringing weight down on left foot.

    Apologies to all Diffie Altitude dancers out there for blatantly stealing your moves.

    So, how did the PMU reset go DisFrikkenWill? :)
     
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    Heb1228

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    I need to practice a few times so I'll be ready the next time I have to reset PRAM. Definitely don't want to get any steps wrong! For some reason it seems like it would go well with some country music playing in the background.

    I bet the instructional video would sell well! Mad Jew and the PRAM Reset Prance... I can see it now. Produced completely in Final Cut Studio.
     
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    yup did those resets and still it doesnt work, but my disc drive sounds different now. and now the disc acutally ppopps up on the desktop now i think its just the drive...im gonna go check it out tomarro at the mac store here. thanks, if theres any other things i should try out let me know
     
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    gman71882

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    I had the same problems with my Superdrive Last year.
    It went out completly about 6 months ago, but i got it replaced for free under AppleCare...WELL they must have put in a refurb Drive cause its lasted 6 months and now crapped out entirely again. Found some good prices on a New one that can burn Dual Layer Drives for $129 - $ 135
    MCE Superdrive
    Macsales Superdrive

    Cant decide which to buy myself cause i havent heard of MCE technologies at all.

    Installation should be pretty easy to do myself.
     
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    alright i got my computer fixed....it was my superdrive. i got a new one.
     
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    Heb1228

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    Awesome. I bet you're so happy you're probably doing the PRAM reset prance all around your room.
     

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