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

liveandcapture

macrumors newbie
Original poster
Sep 18, 2012
3
0
Toronto, Canada
Hi,

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!
 

Mik3F

macrumors 6502
Feb 3, 2011
256
2
Have you tried cleaning it? Mine sometimes stops reading discs, but after a clean it is fine
 

Codeseven

macrumors 6502a
Dec 31, 2008
756
292
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.
 

liveandcapture

macrumors newbie
Original poster
Sep 18, 2012
3
0
Toronto, Canada
Have you tried cleaning it? Mine sometimes stops reading discs, but after a clean it is fine

How will you clean it?

Any specific technique.

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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.
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.
 

Codeseven

macrumors 6502a
Dec 31, 2008
756
292
How will you clean it?

Any specific technique.

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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.
There are DVD Drive Cleaning disc's that you can buy such as this one.

http://www.amazon.com/Allsop-ProLens-Cleaner-Players-23321/dp/B00000J1QM/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1425243762&sr=1-1-fkmr0&keywords=Allsop+Ultra+ProLens+Cleaner+for+DVD,+CD+Drives,+and+Game+Players+(23321)+b

Have you tried an external USB DVD reader?