Macbook Pro Late 2008 DVD issue HL-DT-ST DVDRW GS21N

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  1. liveandcapture macrumors newbie

    Sep 18, 2012
    Toronto, Canada

    I am not sure how come but my DVD burner is no responding anymore?

    Name : SuperDrive
    Type : Optical Device

    Device Name : HL-DT-ST DVDRW GS21N
    Connection Bus : ATAPI
    Connection Type : Internal
    Burn Support : Apple Shipping
    Writes CD : Yes
    Writes DVD : Yes
    Media is present : No

    I am trying to find a new firmware online but can't find anything.

    Any one, please help!
  2. Mik3F macrumors 6502

    Feb 3, 2011
    Have you tried cleaning it? Mine sometimes stops reading discs, but after a clean it is fine
  3. Codeseven macrumors 6502a

    Dec 31, 2008
    I have a late 2008 MBP and have the same problems. It started with the Superdrive not recognizing DVD's it used to recognize then sometimes it won't recognize any. it spins up but just loops from spinning to not over and over again until it finally ejects the disc as 'unreadable' or 'unrecognizable'. I tried firmware updates and repeated cleaning but no go. It's been that way for over a year now.

    I just ended up buying a cheap external USB DVD drive, problem solved.
  4. liveandcapture thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 18, 2012
    Toronto, Canada

    How will you clean it?

    Any specific technique.


    Mine as well stop working last year, and i never really used it anymore, but now i am getting few dvd with souvenir that I will like to put on my laptop but the driver doesn't work :-(

    I am disappointed that I cannot found the firewire.
  5. Codeseven macrumors 6502a

    Dec 31, 2008
    There are DVD Drive Cleaning disc's that you can buy such as this one.,+CD+Drives,+and+Game+Players+(23321)+b

    Have you tried an external USB DVD reader?

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