2 DVD drives dead?! This isn't right.

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by exiva, Jan 16, 2009.

  1. exiva macrumors newbie

    Jan 16, 2009
    I have a MacBook Pro, 2.2GHz Intel Core2Duo with 10.5.6 and all the updates.
    I had a Matshiuta DVD drive, which I took to Apple to have replaced because it would no longer read anything but Retail DVD, CD media (CDR's would read fine, DVD-/+ R however would not) It would read the discs for a second or two, then spit them out. Apple replaced the drive in September.

    Now, I have a HL-DT-ST DVDRW GSA-S10N DVD drive, which is a Hitachi/LG drive. Entirely different manufacturer... almost a year apart in manufacturing. and the SAME issue is happening. Only Retail DVD and any CD media (CDR's read fine) will read. Everything else it tries to read, but spits out.

    Here's the system profile dump on my DVD drive.
    The only kind of DVD media I use is Taiyo Yuden DVD-R media. CD's only get used when the machine is on a flat surface, never picked up while media is reading... etc. I've used the new one (HL-DT-ST) *maybe* 10 times if that.

    What the hell is going on?! There has to be something that is leading to this issue. 2 DVD drives from 2 different manufacturers and 2 different periods of times... the odds of them both failing in the same way are not good.

    Does anyone have any suggestions on what I might try to fix this?
  2. neilhart macrumors 6502


    Oct 11, 2007
    SF Bay Area - Fremont
    I agree that something is not right. This leaves the logic board or software.

    You could eliminate one by using an external drive; clone your system to the external drive and insure that you can boot from that external drive. Then set the external drive aside. Reinstall OSX from DVD to the internal hard drive and with this fresh OS (don't even run software updates) check to see if your DVD problem still exists.

    If the problem is gone, the problem was being caused by your installed OS or installed applications...

    If you still have the problem, then run the hardware diags found on the second DVD of the original restore disk set.

    Worst case is you don't find the problem and you have to restore from the external drive.


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