Mac Mini (2010) won't burn but will read

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by newdeal, Sep 7, 2013.

  1. newdeal macrumors 68020

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    So I got a used 2010 mac mini, the guy said the dvd drive didn't work. Took it home and installed an SSD, installed mountain lion and discovered that the DVD drive did seem to work. He said it was just ejecting discs instead of reading them. I put in a dvd movie and it seemed to play it alright. Then I tried to use a windows 7 iso to burn a windows 7 disc, it recognized the blank disc, begins the burn and then after a few seconds of burning it finishes and ejects the disc and gives an error about the medium. I have used these same dvds in my imac and had no issues burning onto them. I searched for help but can't seem to find anything that works. Turning the speed down didn't help, running it as a test only completes fine (without burning anything obviously). I tried using a straw and blowing into it to try to get any dust off of the lens but that doesn't seem to have helped either. I don't really want to have to replace the superdrive and it loads and spins and reads, any ideas as to how to get it to write
     
  2. NewbieCanada macrumors 68030

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    If you can’t fix it (and I can’t be of any assistance there, sorry), just get a cheap external drive. No need to pay for a “SuperDrive” when a cheap drive will give the same functionality.
     
  3. OLDCODGER macrumors 6502a

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    Blowing on the lens with your own moist air won't work. If the lens has been contaminated with smoke, for example, you'll have to get serious and carefully wipe the lens with a fine, clean cloth, such as spectacle cloth.

    Good luck.
     
  4. newdeal thread starter macrumors 68020

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    someone said to wrap a lens cloth on a business card and put that in there to clean the lens. I tried that also, didn't work either
     
  5. OLDCODGER macrumors 6502a

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    Ok. In that case, the lens is out of position, and needs an expert to put right. Perhaps, as mentioned above, an external drive is the cheaper solution.
     
  6. newdeal thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Are there separate lenses for reading and burning? I noticed that a replacement internal drive is more expensive than an external anyway plus I damaged the optical drive heat sensor connector already so an external makes more sense. Luckily I could fix the sensor connector because without if the fan runs full blast all the time
     
  7. kingdLo macrumors 6502

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    I had a similar problem on my non SuperDrive 2006 Mini. It would read fine, play discs fine but sometimes(4 out of 5 times) when burning a disc in itunes I had the same exact problem.

    My way of getting around the problem was when the Mac would request a blank disc I would immediately at that moment insert the disc. The drive would start to spin and take a minute, then the burn would begin. Again, it worked very sporadically and would only work if I timed it perfectly.
     
  8. OLDCODGER macrumors 6502a

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    No, it's just that reading requires a less accurate positioning than burning.

    Lens position is one of the reasons why a burner will cope with most disks, when new, but become more fussy over disk quality as time passes.
     
  9. vistadude macrumors 65816

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    I had a similar problem. I opened up the mini and opened up the superdrive and wiped it with a tissue. My mini previously couldn't read any discs but now it read movie discs but not data discs.

    I opened it again and this time used water on a tissue to wipe the lens. Now it works perfectly fine.

    The problem with the mini is that the dust recirculates and gets clogged in any opening like the dvd drive. A good cleaning should get you back up and running.
     
  10. phrehdd macrumors 68040

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    If you are game to opening up the chassis, try replacing the DVD RW unit. Then again, given that they are so beyond slow, consider a good external fw/usb connectable drive. OWC has a few and possibly check out a good blu-ray RW unit.
     
  11. newdeal thread starter macrumors 68020

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    turns out I tried everything and nothing worked and then I tried a new brand of DVD+R instead of what I was using and it burned without issue.
     
  12. xlii macrumors 68000

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    I have a simular issue with the burner in my 2009 mbp. It reads ok, it burns DVDs ok. It will not burn a cd. At one time it worked fine. I use an external burner now for the few times I make something.
     

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