CD drive doesn't work

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  1. Mac Mama macrumors newbie

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    I have a 2009 Mac Mini I bought new and the CD drive doesn't work. I've never really used it so I don't understand why it won't work. Is there something I must do first to make it work? I always thought you just put in a CD and it takes it. Mine rejects it, blank or program disk, it rejects. Help! I bought a router and it has a CD I must insert in order to get the router to work. Thanks.
     
  2. DeltaMac macrumors 604

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    Probably just needs a little TLC.
    Use a can-o-air a few times, directed into the drive's slot.
    Try a cleaning disk.
    Try another CD, such as a music CD. Does ANY CD stay inserted?
     
  3. dangerfish macrumors 6502

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    You could also try downloading the software from the router website.
     
  4. rigormortis macrumors 68000

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    ?
     
  5. rigormortis, Sep 14, 2015
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    rigormortis macrumors 68000

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    mac mini drives are terrible. i wore out like 5 of them

    if everything Deltamac doesn't fix it then you have to replace it
    in the old days you could open up the drive and try using a swab and alcohol on the laser , but that not really doable i tried it


    mac mini and macbook pro share the same drives, so if all else fails you can use either one and replace it

    mac mini would require you to unscrew macbook pro mounting parts. you can get optical drive pulls for these computers cheap on eBay

    apple sells an external drive with 1 usb connector , but since your mac is an older 2009 series, i wouldn't count on this one working. pre 2010 macs are limited on usb power.

    apple's external superdrive requires 1100 ma and i don't think your 2009 is capable of putting that out. but i could be mistaken, i know for sure my mac mini 1,1 2006 couldn't put out anything more then standard usb current
     
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    As DeltaMac mentioned, cleaning disk can be very helpful.
    Sometimes you have to run them 5 or 6 times to get all the grime/dust off the lenses/detectors.
     
  8. paulrbeers macrumors 68040

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    There is a reason why Apple went away from Optical media Drives....

    I can't tell you how many of them have gone bad on me in my lifetime (especially laptop type)
     
  9. rigormortis macrumors 68000

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  10. Mac Mama thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Every CD pops right out. Won't the canned air mess up other things? Years ago I used it on my G4 and the floppy drive never worked after that so I've been hesitant to use it on my Mac Mini.
     
  11. Micky Do macrumors 68000

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    No, just one. If you are running out of available ports on your computer, get a USB hub; I suggest a powered one rather than unpowered.
     
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  13. Mac Mama thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I'll try the canned air. If that doesn't work, I'll buy a cleaning disk. If it still doesn't work, I'll buy the portable drive that rigormortis recommended. Thanks, everyone, for all your help. I sure appreciate it. This is an awesome forum. So glad I found it.
     

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