Won't read DVD-Rs

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by jules90000, Apr 18, 2005.

  1. jules90000 macrumors newbie

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    My mac will not read DVD-Rs that I just bought. When I insert the disc into my coputer, absolutely nothing happens. Whats going on?
    If it helps The DVD-Rs are made by sony.
     
  2. Artful Dodger macrumors 68020

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    Hi, can you give a little more info? What Mac, what are you trying to do with the dvds (keep it legal), are you trying to backup files i.e. music also what apps. are you trying to use to complete this.
    Let us know ;)
     
  3. James Philp macrumors 65816

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    Had a VERY SIMILAR problem on my iMac G4;
    Whaddya know, I just put in a CD (DVD actually) head cleaner, and everything was back up to tip-top form!
    Hope it's that simple for you!
     
  4. jimsowden macrumors 68000

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    are you sure you got a superdrive? It's not standard on any mac mini.
     
  5. jules90000 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I have a Power Mac G4 with mirrored doors. the drive in question is a
    DVD-RW/CD-RW.
    I'm trying to back up some files on my computer.
    also it reads regular cd's and dvd's just fine.
     
  6. James Philp macrumors 65816

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    My drive would read regular CD/DVD discs, but not CR-R or DVD-R and when you asked it to burn it went thgrough the motions, but nothing happened.
    I put a DVD lens cleaner in (avaiable anywhere) and it fixed it straight away - try it! (I thought it was a hardware/software problem too at first! - It was a dust problem!
     
  7. jules90000 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I have tryed a lens cleaner, and it still does on read dvd-R's or CD-R's. Is there any way to find out if there's a problem in the drive itself?
     
  8. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    Can you post the results of (from the Terminal)?:

    drutil info
     
  9. James Philp macrumors 65816

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    Funny, when I run that in terminal it tells me I have no drive!
    G3 Pismo
     
  10. jules90000 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    when I ran that in terminal it said:

    Vendor Product Rev
    PIONEER DVD-RW DVR-104 1.40

    Interconnect: ATAPI
    SupportLevel: Apple Shipping
    Cache: 2000k
    CD-Write: -R, -RW, BUFE, CDText, Test, IndexPts, ISRC
    DVD-Write: -R, -RW, BUFE, Test
    Strategies: CD-TAO, CD-SAO, DVD-DAO
     
  11. Bear macrumors G3

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    Try this:

    If literally nothing happens, go to System Preference's->CD's & DVD's and see what it has selected for the action when you insert a blank DVD. The default is to ask what to do, there is also an option to ignore it.

    And as for the brand, Sony should be alright - I've used them myself.
     

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