Help!! superdrive reads nothing

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by garyrobert, Oct 29, 2006.

  1. garyrobert macrumors newbie

    Oct 29, 2006

    been battling with this problem for weeks now... searched all the threads and been trying to solve this riddle myself, but stumped.

    have a 12" powerbook with superdrive. suddenly, although i had been running hard and to be honest probably doing some slightly illegal things (eg copying the odd rental dvd - my defence is that i live in North of Spain and it's impossible to see good films at the cinema) the superdrive stopped reading disks. nothing - sometimes says that a disk cannot be read; other times it spins and ejects, while others open toast as if preparing to burn a blank disk, even though its not. could this be some virus inserted from rental disks to stop people like me copying disks? wouldn't be a bad idea for them to do it...

    The thing is I'm not sure if it's the drive itself or OSx, as I can't reboot OSx as obviously the disks can't be read and today I tried to reboot from an external, which although it can read find, it just doesn't seem to want to reboot from...


    not sure what to do. thinking of buying Disk Warrior but not sure I'll be able to boot from that...

    any advice or dialogue appreciated as in Spain and don't know any mac users to chew the fat with over this...


  2. mad jew Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

    Apr 3, 2004
    Adelaide, Australia
    So your Superdrive has a moral conscience... :D

    If you create a new user account in System Preferences, can that account read the discs? Can you try running fsck?
  3. leroy84 macrumors newbie

    Oct 30, 2006
    Ahhh, interesting..

    ..Just as i have entered the 8th week of trying to fix this problem as well.

    But it's just Data Dvd's on my powerbook 1.5 Ghz 12inch-
    Whats your processor speed?

    I have tried afew oddities- tried to load Panther from CD (my mate had it-i dont have a copy of Tiger my powerbook is second hand) and it wont install :mad:

    By reading this ill try the different user account-
    He could be onto something lol
    and good luck
  4. garyrobert thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 29, 2006

    well its completely dead now... wouldn't start and emits a high frequncy sound... oh dear off to the repair shop..

    cheers anyhow

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