Blank DVD's automatically ejecting from SuperDrive?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by cubedweller, Nov 18, 2008.

  1. cubedweller macrumors 6502

    Nov 25, 2007
    So I purchased AppleCare the other day and received a link to download the "TechTools" CD (or whatever it's called) -- so I downloaded this and I go to burn it using Disk Utility and every single blank DVD-R that I insert is automatically ejected after about 20-30 seconds; the drive makes noise like it's attempting to read it but then just spits it out. Only one time did the blank DVD-R stay in the drive and the Finder message pop-up -- I ejected it right away to test again, and it refused to load a second time...

    I've used this "band" and tons of the DVDs off the spindle (as it is a 50-pack) and have never had a problem. Normal DVDs appear to play fine. I've yet to try a blank CD as I didn't have any CD-Rs at home but I will try tonight.

    My assumption is the SuperDrive is going bad -- anyone else agree?

    The only positive note to this whole thing is I finally have AppleCare :eek:

  2. gpeden macrumors regular

    Nov 24, 2007
    Hi there,

    I agree because my superdrive had similar problems and it was replaced under warranty.


  3. zosoaudo007 macrumors member

    Dec 27, 2007
    i dunno what it is, but i read somewhere to tilt the MBP slot toward the ceiling, and it would work.

    i have been having the same issue, and this little trick worked. i rely heavily on my computer so taking it to get repaired in the middle of the semester is not an option. sucks, but at least it isn't totally broken
  4. Cubit macrumors newbie

    Jul 29, 2008
    Don't tilt the machine. It will not do any good.

    The DVD write component of your optical drive is failing so your machine thinks that it does not have a DVD burner hence why it is ejecting the discs. It will be covered under Applecare so just book a Genius Bar Appointment.

  5. zosoaudo007 macrumors member

    Dec 27, 2007
    Agreed. It's failing. It just burned a disc fine today. Just needed that tilt for 10 seconds until it recognized the disc. Not a solution, but a workaround. And it got the disc written for my it did some good.

    No biggie to not take it in anytime soon. Hardly ever use the drive anyway. Plus, if they mess something up, and I lose data...applecare doesn't cover that.

    Maybe spring break or a long weekend in the near future.

    Thanks for the advice.

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