2007 MacBook Pro not reading black DVD's

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  1. c14nhl macrumors 6502

    c14nhl

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    Hi

    I've not tried to burn a DVD in a long time so I'm not sure how long this has been a problem.

    I'm trying to burn something to a DVD-R but my SuperDrive is refusing to read them. It spins for around 7 seconds and then spits it out.

    I've checked forums and it seems to be a common problem, however I haven't seen any solutions.

    Can anyone recommend a fix?
     
  2. Detrius macrumors 68000

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    The solution is to replace the optical drive.
     
  3. c14nhl thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Surely that's not the case? It can't read blank DVD's, but when I burn something to it using my previous PowerBook, it then reads the disc.
     
  4. ender land macrumors 6502a

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    When my CD drive stopped recognizing certain types of cds (ie very similar problem) nearly all the threads I searched and found said to try some really basic stuff, and if htat doesn't work, to get the drive replaced or looked at.
     
  5. IllIllIll macrumors 6502a

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    Maybe the problem is because the DVD is black?
     
  6. c14nhl thread starter macrumors 6502

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  7. IllIllIll macrumors 6502a

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    Then why does it say that in the title of this thread?
     
  8. c14nhl thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Ah! Apologies. Was meant to say blank. My mistake. Feel a bit silly now...
     
  9. IllIllIll macrumors 6502a

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    That clears things up a bit. Sony Playstation CDs used to be black and some recordable CDs come in black, but I'd never heard of a black DVD.
     
  10. teksurv macrumors regular

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    I've had some luck by removing the top case and Super Drive. Once the drive is removed there are some small philips screws on the top and side. Remove the top plate and very gently rub the laser head with moist not wet cotton cloth (t-shirt) and then follow with dry cloth. If that doesn't work then it's time to replace the drive itself.
     

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