Superdrive Problem?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Grasbak, Jun 28, 2006.

  1. Grasbak macrumors 6502

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    I burned a CD yesterday with iTunes and when I put it in my stereo the playback was awful - badly distorted. I tried another CD and it was fine.

    I wouldnt probably be bothered but I had problems the other day with iDVD. I could burn a project, then next attempt it didnt work (burn/multipexing error). I got over this problem by saving an image and burning through disk utility.

    Should I be concerned about my superdrive? I dont burn stuff that often so its hard to know what is normal behaviour.....
     
  2. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    Try slowing the burn speed down in iTunes to see if the quality is any better. Also, have you tried a different brand of blank media? :)
     
  3. Grasbak thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks Mad Jew, you helped out the other day with the iDVD problem!

    I havent tired what you suggest - will do when I get home from work.

    Shouldnt i be able to burn at max speed without issues? Or are audio CDs more problematic anyway? I have burned maybe 10 from the same batch without problems. Coupled with the iDVD burn problem (although this is only my second time burning with iDVD) I was starting to worry something is wrong with the drive!

    Thanks again
     
  4. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    Yeah, full speed burns should be fine but slowing the speed down may help us determine whether this is a superdrive issue or a media issue. Generally speaking (and this is quite general), lesser quality blank CDs don't play nicely with full speed burning but are okay at slower speeds. Therefore, if a slow burn works properly with this media, then you might benefit from getting slightly better blank media rather than replacing or repairing the superdrive. :)

    This is a very general rule, but it's a good place to start troubleshooting. :)
     

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