MacBook Pro DVD-Rom will not burn.

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by BrianStoiber, Jan 23, 2009.

  1. BrianStoiber macrumors member

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    I honestly think everything I am about to ask for help on involves the SuperDrive software/drivers/whatever makes it run but I am not sure. This problem is a mix of hardware and software but I think this would be the best place to post.

    I tried to burn a DVD in iDVD yesterday and when I put the disc in, iDVD says "Waiting for device to become ready..."

    I never had this problem before today and the only thing I can think of that might affect it is about a month ago (coinsedunteally the last time I tried to burn a DVD) and I remember installing something that had to do with SuperDrive. What I do remember is the DVD was stuck in the drive and it would not eject. I read something on a Mac support page saying the SuperDrive update would fix this problem. Coming from a PC world, I didn't realize I didn't have a SuperDrive and still am a little confused with what exactly that is. Now there is a eject button in the top right of my task bar and when I click on it it says "Eject SuperDrive."

    I there was also another message I got yesterday when trying to burn the same video onto a DVD. I can't remember the exact wording but it was something like "You do not have a SuperDrive installed so you will be unable to burn a DVD."

    Any help you could offer on uninstalling the SuperDrive software or whatever it is and get my DVD drive back to the way it is supposed to be would be greatly appreciated.

    By the way, below is the "Disc Burning" description under System Profiler:
    HL-DT-ST DVDRW GSA-S10N:

    Firmware Revision: AP12
    Interconnect: ATAPI
    Burn Support: Yes (Apple Shipping Drive)
    Cache: 2048 KB
    Reads DVD: Yes
    CD-Write: -R, -RW
    DVD-Write: -R, -R DL, -RW, +R, +R DL, +RW
    Write Strategies: CD-TAO, CD-SAO, CD-Raw, DVD-DAO
     
  2. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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  3. BrianStoiber thread starter macrumors member

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    ok, then do you have any idea as to why iDVD won't burn anything? is there a way to downgrade the firmware for the drive so it is back to the settings it was when I bought the laptop?
     
  4. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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  5. jzuena macrumors 6502a

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    Although not exactly the same issue, my MBP drive would only detect +R and not -R media (or the other way around). I ended up resetting the PRAM and that fixed things. Your Profiler info for your drive looks pretty much the same as mine. When I had the problem, the DVD-Write flags were missing for the modes I couldn't use. It couldn't hurt to try.

    I am pretty sure you do have a SuperDrive. I don't think the MBP ever shipped with a Combo Drive (CD-ROM burner, DVD reader).
     

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