2007 MacBook Pro not reading black DVD's

c14nhl

macrumors 6502
Original poster
Oct 30, 2008
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Edinburgh
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?
 

c14nhl

macrumors 6502
Original poster
Oct 30, 2008
438
150
Edinburgh
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.
 

ender land

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Oct 26, 2010
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I've checked forums and it seems to be a common problem, however I haven't seen any solutions.
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.
 

IllIllIll

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Oct 2, 2011
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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.
 

teksurv

macrumors regular
May 25, 2008
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San Diego, CA
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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