15 inch MBPro a1226 santa rosa won't burn dvds

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by dedalus, Feb 23, 2010.

  1. dedalus macrumors member

    Jun 6, 2007
    HI there,

    I have a problem with my MB Pro 15 inch A1226. The computer reads dvds, recognizes blank ones from burned ones. only issue is that it won't burn. I've searched a few threads and haven't gone much further than the changing brand advice which doesn't solve my issue. Naturally, the computer is out of warranty (July 2007 date of purchase). Is there anything I can do on my own? if not, what kind of problem are we looking at? and more importantly I suppose, how much am I looking at?


  2. MacDawg macrumors Core


    Mar 20, 2004
    "Between the Hedges"
  3. spinnerlys Guest


    Sep 7, 2008
    forlod bygningen
    Have a look at System Profiler > Hardware > Disc Burning and see what DVDs your SuperDrive supports.

    To go to System Profiler:

    Click More Info...


    Or press Option/Alt while clicking on About This Mac.

    Have you also tried different media and brands?
  4. dedalus thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 6, 2007
    all those are supported and i have tried all brands. same difference, it reads them but can't burn em. very annoying.
  5. dedalus thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 6, 2007
  6. BrianMR macrumors regular


    Apr 3, 2007
    I had the same problem on the same computer. Mine was under AppleCare and Apple replaced it after testing it at the Genius Bar.
  7. dedalus thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 6, 2007
    Thanks Brian, just my luck then that mine worked perfectly until a few months ago when appleCare expired...:(:(:(
  8. LiquidSpikes macrumors regular


    Jul 6, 2007
    Everett, WA
    I had the same problem!!!

    I had the same problem on my MBP SR 2007 model!!! :D

    Heres how I fixed it...

    Open System Preferences.
    Click on "International"
    Under "Languages": Drag any of the other languages to the top,
    then drag English back to the top.
    Set "Order for sorted lists" to English
    Set "Word Break" to English (United States, computer)
    Close System Preferences
    Restart computer

    Yeah you think I am crazy... Trust me try it... I have no idea why it works.... :)

    Also... have you tried resetting your SMC?

    This fixed it for me before too...


    1. Shut down the computer.
    2. Unplug the computer's power cord.
    3. Press and hold the power button for 5 seconds.
    4. Release the power button.
    5. Attach the computers power cable.
    6. Press the power button to turn on the computer.

    I doubt your drive is bad if its reading disks...:D
  9. pol0001 macrumors 6502


    Apr 15, 2008
    What error message do you get, when you try to burn DVDs? Yesterday I had a similar problem. The error code was 0x80020000. Turned out that OS X has sometimes a problem with file names. After I renamed the files, I could burn them.
  10. dedalus thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 6, 2007
    error code 0x8002006E

    tried the solution of the language and resetting the SMC to no avail.

  11. hundert macrumors regular


    Jan 24, 2010
  12. paintballswimgu macrumors 6502

    Feb 13, 2010
    i have the same issue with my drive. I'll be sending it to applecare on monday to have them take a look at it. From everything i've read, it seems to be an issue with the hardware. Its probably cheeper just to buy an external burner then to replace it if you're out of warranty.
  13. dedalus thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 6, 2007
    ok hundert was right on.

    Went to the London Apple Store. The GENIUS looked at me very seriously, he then gravely stated "you need a new optical drive, mate. It'll be 110 Pounds plus VAT. I did all the possible diagnostics and there's no way it can be repaired, after all your machine is almost 3 years old." I politely thanked him for his diagnosis but declined the offer.

    Went home. Got my 2 screwdrivers, opened the computer, removed the optical drive, opened the optical drive, got my sunglasses case, removed the cloth I use to clean the glasses, applied the cloth on the lens of the optical drive, closed and reassembled the optical drive, reassembled the computer.

    optical drive burns, reads, talks, swears, all brands of cds, dvds, cassette tapes, even 8 track cartridges.

    he did run all the possible diagnostics. C*$T
  14. jsalicru macrumors regular

    Oct 27, 2004
    Austin, TX
    Best thread ever! I fixed mine with a credit card and a piece of cloth!

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