iMac shoots out DVDs

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Raidersmojo, Sep 27, 2005.

  1. Raidersmojo macrumors regular

    Jul 3, 2005
    Burton michigan
    I keep putting dvds from maxell into my superdrive and it keeps spitting them back out!

    I'm trying to burn moves to the DVD but the drive reads it and then shoots it out.

    even after rebooting and trying it that way it does the same!

  2. vouder17 macrumors 6502a


    Apr 30, 2003
    Yeah same problemo here. i have heard of other people that have this problem. It is really strange. i am just as interested as you if there are any solutions....
  3. Artful Dodger macrumors 68020

    Artful Dodger

    May 28, 2004
    In a false sense of reality...My Mind!
    Some others have this same problem and a friend that just got an iMac has issues with cds/dvds that have coatings i.e. white top. takes them in then shazaam! lands on the desk :confused: Apples going to replace the drive for him but not a good first (switcher) impression.
  4. rainman::|:| macrumors 603


    Feb 2, 2002
    not the same problem exactly, but i've already had the burner replaced on my iMac once, and it may need another one, no matter what media I try it acts schizophrenic when reading/writing them.
  5. mpw Guest

    Jun 18, 2004
    Saw the thread title and thought I'd add my story only to find it's a little OT but what the hay.

    I had a friend staying a few eeks back and they asked if I'd put a bunch of pictures and videos from their cameras onto a DVD for them. No problemo, we built the project in iMovie and sent it on its merry way to iDVD then went to bed.

    Next morning I got up after they'd left for the airport with the wife and I suddenly thought about the DVD, I checked the iMac and it's drive was empty so I thought they'd helped themselves before leaving.

    A few days later they called and during our chat asked if I'd mail the DVD, I was a little confused 'cause I thought they had it. Anyway I figured I must've ballsed up and sent the project to iDVD with no disc in so I re-sent it and all went fine.

    It's not the first time I'd gone to burn a DVD or CD and left the room to find I'd 'forgotten' to put a disc in. Idiot.

    So one day recently I'm burning a new CD for the car from iTunes and I'm sat at the iMac when it finishes and ejects the CD. Only it completly ejects the CD like a cartoon toaster and the CD lands on-top of my scanner rolls across the top and down on to a stack of files, across them until it hits the wall, turns through 90° and slides down between the desk and wall.

    I had to crawl under the desk and fumble about for the CD, what do I find? About six burnt discs which I thought I'd never inserted! :eek:
  6. Dave00 macrumors 6502a

    Dec 2, 2003
    I betcha you're using DVD-R discs. The iMac will burn to DVD-R, but iDVD won't. At least, that's the way my iMac behaves. You need to use DVD+R discs.

    And yes, it does have a habit of rather forcefully ejecting discs.

  7. Eniregnat macrumors 68000


    Jan 22, 2003
    In your head.
    For giggles, what kind of optical drive is installed and what does the OS recognize.

    Finder--->Apple menubar icon-->About this Mac-->More Info->Hardware>disk burning or optical drive.

    Post the results, it might help.

    I had the same problem, but it was a PEBKAC issue. I purchased an iMac and thought it had a DVD burner, it didn't. I spent quite a while trying to figure out the problem. This isn't your issue, but I'd thought you like the laugh.
  8. Raidersmojo thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 3, 2005
    Burton michigan
  9. Eidorian macrumors Penryn


    Mar 23, 2005
    I have TDK DVD-R discs and my iMac and iDVD have no problems with them.

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