Apple Hardware Test: does it test the optical drive?

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by kant, Jul 24, 2005.

  1. kant macrumors 6502

    Jul 22, 2004
    Because I've discovered that my NewToMe/used powerbook's combo drive won't read cd-rs. But it will read pressed cds/dvds and dvd-rs. So I ran the AHT and it doesn't acknowledge the combo drive's existence. (Ran the AHT after repairing permissions, fsck, PRAM.) This is only my second mac and I never had any problems out of the ibook, so I've never seen the AHT screen until now and don't know if it tests the optical. :confused:

    40gb hd
    combo drive
    AE and Bluetooth

    Edit: And I'm relatively certain that the problem isn't the OS - it can read the same cd-rs when using a dvd-burner in a firewire enclosure.
  2. kant thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jul 22, 2004
  3. CanadaRAM macrumors G5


    Oct 11, 2004
    On the Left Coast - Victoria BC Canada
    OK I'll bite.

    You ran AHT from the CD, correct?
    Does it ask you to put in a different CD or a blank? No? Then all it can possibly test is the ability to read from the Hardware test CD itself. So for your purporses, no it can neither confirm nor deny that the optical drive will work with other media.
  4. kant thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jul 22, 2004
    DVD actually. So the AHT doesn't test the drive at all and I shouldn't see a window in the hardware section showing the stats on the drive??

    In that case...

    is the fact that the drive won't read CD-Rs a hardware or software issue???? And what the he** do I do about it?

    The situation is really starting to annoy me. I just installed the drivers and programs for my Epson RX500 from the factory cd. Worked just fine. But any CD-R, be it data or audio, it treats as a blank.
  5. Norouzi macrumors 6502

    Aug 6, 2004
    Philadelphia, PA
    I'm just throwing this out there, but I've seen older CD burner's not read specific speeds and types of disks. I put an old CD burner in a friends computer and tried to install some drivers off a new memorex 52X CD-R and the disk wouldn't even read. All the other disks I tried worked fine just not thoes disks.

    Are the CD-R's your trying all the same speed and brand, or are they different? That's all I've got.

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