Macbook Optical Drive won't read CDs anymore

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by musiqzuki, Jul 13, 2012.

  1. musiqzuki macrumors member

    Oct 30, 2008

    I have a Unibody Macbook 13" from 2008.
    2 weeks ago, I could play any CD on it.
    But for some reason, now when I stick a CD in, the CD drive would just make a constant ticking noise.

    I tried the RAM resets, but it didn't work...

    Guys got any ideas?
  2. aarond12 macrumors 65816


    May 20, 2002
    Dallas, TX USA
    Start off with a disc cleaner, such as this:

    If you're getting the "ticking" sound, it's your drive trying to refocus the laser. The laser lens is likely dirty. If you're still experiencing the clicking after cleaning the drive (a couple of times please!), then you'll need to get the drive looked at by a technician. They may have to disassemble the drive and manually clean the lens or replace the entire drive.
  3. musiqzuki thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 30, 2008
    Thank you for your answer.

    I'll test that out this weekend!

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