Macbook Combo drive not working

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by neomartian, Nov 24, 2007.

  1. neomartian macrumors newbie

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    I was burning couple of CD Roms when my Combo drive stopped working at all. It gave an error message which I ignored as I thought its some writing error. Later I put another blank CD Rom which the Combo drive didnt read. I put some more blank and software Cd Roms but it didnt read at all. I put some DVDs and the Combo drive is not reading them and ejects it. I've used this macbook for around 11 months and didnt write a lot of CDs. My warranty ran out this September as I bought this machine from my friend.
    PLEASE HELP!!! I'm out of warranty and cant afford to buy a new machine. Some suggestions please!
     
  2. aquajet macrumors 68020

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    No need to buy a new machine. You could use an external USB drive or if you're feeling adventuresome, you could replace the faulty drive yourself. iFixit.com has easy to follow take-apart guides.
     
  3. KingYaba macrumors 68040

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    You can find external cd/dvd writers instead of having to replace your entire machine.

    Sony dvd/cd burner

    That particular one is $89 with the discount. So don't expect to pay much for a unit similar.
     
  4. eman macrumors 6502a

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    You could replace the combo drive for a super drive and then you wouldn't need to lug an external drive around. The super drive would burn DVDs also. I have one I could sell you if interested, send me an email.
     
  5. neomartian thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Anyone knows its hardware or software error?

    Thanks guys for reading the post and replying to it. Is there any chance this is a software-related problem and not hardware? It seems to be hardware though. I want to sell this machine on ebay but if I sell this with hardware problem it would not fetch good money. Here in UK, hardware accessories are very expensive and I envy the prices in US, its a gadget paradise.....

    How do i get the superdrive inserted into my macbook? Is it easy to do on your own?
     
  6. eman macrumors 6502a

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    Could be a software issue, but sounds like a hardware issue.
    One of the superdrives that will work in your macbook is "UJ-857-C" and can be found on ebay. You can find guides for replacing the drive at: www.ifixit.com
     

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