Damsel in distress - imac won't read CDs

Discussion in 'iMac' started by CityMunkey, Apr 1, 2008.

  1. CityMunkey macrumors newbie

    Sep 6, 2006
    London, England
    Can anyone help...

    I have an imac with an internal Pioneer superdrive, details are:


    Revision: Q609
    Detachable Drive: No
    Protocol: ATAPI
    Unit Number: 0
    Socket Type: Internal
    Low Power Polling: Yes

    The machine will not read audio CDs, nor will it read (much to my annoyance) the installer discs for Leopard or OS X (which I am currently running, version 10.4.11). When you push the CD in, it makes a noise like it is trying to read it, and then spits the disc out. Every now and again it will read the Leopard CD, but when it restarts as art of the install, it spits out the disc when the grey screen appears.

    It will read and play DVDs without any problems.

    Apple support have been unable to sort it out on the 'phone (have tried restarting with alt+cmd + p+ r or whatever it is, and also restarted with a test account neither of which have resolved the problem.

    Apple support have suggested I take it in to an Apple shop - but it seems that it is not a hardware problem as the drive reads DVDs and will sometimes read the install discs.

    Any suggestions?? I read somewhere that some of the extensions required to run audio CDs might have been corrupted - could this be the problem?

    PLEASE help - this is driving me insane!
  2. yoman macrumors 6502a


    Nov 11, 2003
    In the Bowels of the Cosmos
    Have you tried compressed air to dislodge any dust from the optical drive? Sometimes that helps weird optical drive behavior.
  3. CityMunkey thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 6, 2006
    London, England
    No - it is reading DVDs so I assumed that it wasn't a physical problem? But will try this.. any other suggestions?
  4. orpheus1120 macrumors 65816


    Jan 23, 2008
    Do you have Macfuse for NTFS installed? If you do, uninstall it and have a go again.
  5. AlexisV macrumors 68000


    Mar 12, 2007
    Manchester, UK
    There are separate lasers for the DVD and CD. It's not unknown for one to fail and a drive only be able to read one type and the other not at all, or intermittently.
  6. Eraserhead macrumors G4


    Nov 3, 2005
    ^^ Except the Leopard disc is also a DVD. I think the drive isn't working properly and needs replacing.

    You might find its cheaper to use an External CD/DVD drive if your Mac is out of warranty but taking it to an Apple Store is probably the best bet.

    I suggest not going to the Regent Street one as it seems to generally be pretty slow...
  7. ewilson6 macrumors 6502

    Nov 30, 2006
    Try a CD/DVD cleaner from walmart for $9.00 dollars, they work great.

  8. CityMunkey thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 6, 2006
    London, England
    Thanks guys... in the end it turns out the turnaround (by both Apple on Regent Street and another Reseller) was going to be a couple of weeks, and if I need to replace the superdrive the cost could be £200-300... so I bought an external drive for £100 and everything is working well.

    Apart from the internal superdrive...

    Perhaps I will take it in to Apple at some point, but the thought of being without it for so long horrified me - especially now I've got lots of new things to play with courtesy of Leopard. And also I HATE going to that Regent Street store, it is so full of tourists milling about and not buying anything.

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