macbook pro no cdrom

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  1. andresm macrumors newbie

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    I have a macbook pro with no optical cdrom drive(mistake from my buyer) and right now i need it to install leopard, the question:

    Can i go to a normal(no mac store) hardware store and buy and install a standart laptop cdrom or do i need to do it in a mac store?
     
  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Another Mac or a FireWire optical drive would work.
     
  3. CalBoy macrumors 604

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    I'm sorry, I'm confused. Did your mbp come with Tiger and doesn't have the Leopard DVD?

    Or, does your mbp lack the optical drive, because that sounds impossible (it would literally involve tearing the computer apart). :confused:
     
  4. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Oh goodie.
     
  5. andresm thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I am aware of the TDM option but i have no way to get a firewire cable since there are no mac stores in my country, so to save future problems i need to buy an internal cdrom drive.
     
  6. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    FireWire cables aren't just a Mac thing...
     
  7. andresm thread starter macrumors newbie

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    My mbp didnt come with optical dvdrom drive, its an accessory and my silly buyer didnt pick it up.
     
  8. CalBoy macrumors 604

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    I think if you were to find one, it would involve a great deal of trouble. I'm still confused though...just how did the drive fail? Is there Applecare on the notebook still? Maybe you ought to look into having Apple repair it.

    Yes it did. Every single mbp ever made has come with a DVD burner/reader.
     
  9. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    I'd like to know more about this.
     
  10. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    Almost sounds like that is a box full of parts. and not a complete computer.

    Really hard to forget to pick the machine up without it, about as hard to pick up a car without seats.
     
  11. andresm thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yes, there is apple care on the notebook, and i dont know the reason why the drive isnt there, i am more towards looking a solution for it =(
     
  12. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Can you elaborate more on this?
     
  13. CalBoy macrumors 604

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    Ok, so I need a picture. I have to see this macbook pro that lacks an optical drive.

    Secondly, if there's Applecare, send it in and get the drive repaired/replaced. You'll need the seller to explain to you why it's not there however, as Apple will want to know (as do the rest of us). If it's there but doesn't work, Apple will repair it. If it was forcefully removed, you're out of luck and will have to go with an external USB/Firewire (whatever you can find) drive.
     
  14. andresm thread starter macrumors newbie

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    The drive isnt there, never was, there is a cover for the hole.

    Stolen? maybe , but i really dont want to find out more about the issue, dvd drives are cheap, if i can get a new one in a (non mac) hardware store to install leopard asap would be great =)
     
  15. CalBoy macrumors 604

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    Well I hope the seller didn't charge you too much for a mbp without an optical drive!

    I think your best option in this case then is to go with the Firewire/USB external drive. I'm sure you can find one pretty easily (almost all electronics/computer stores carry them).
     
  16. andresm thread starter macrumors newbie

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    So if it was forcefully removed i cant buy/install a new one at an apple store? i dont want external drives. =(
     
  17. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    I'd check one last time in System Profiler before giving up on the optical drive.

    Any external one will work fine.

    If you're able to find an Apple Store or reseller that can get one.
     
  18. CalBoy macrumors 604

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    You can buy one, but the installation will be quite expensive. For the price, I would much rather go with the external.
     
  19. andresm thread starter macrumors newbie

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    OMG this is what the profiler says:

    Firmware Revision: AP09
    Interconnect: ATAPI
    Burn Support: Yes (Apple Shipped/Supported)
    Cache: 2048 KB
    Reads DVD: Yes
    CD-Write: -R, -RW
    DVD-Write: -R, -R DL, -RW, +R, +RW, +R DL
    Burn Underrun Protection CD: Yes
    Burn Underrun Protection DVD: Yes
    Write Strategies: CD-TAO, CD-SAO, CD-Raw, DVD-DAO
    Media: No

    So the drive is there? i am very confused now because there is no external side for it there is just a hole.
     
  20. ergdegdeg Moderator emeritus

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    yes, the "hole" is your optical drive. just pop in any cd/dvd...:)
     
  21. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    The MacBook Pro uses a slot load optical drive - it does not have a tray that extends

    Here is the Apple manual for this machine http://manuals.info.apple.com/en/MacBook_Pro_Users_Guide.pdf

    not AN Y CD/DVD -- do not insert a mini-sized CD or a business card CD. Use only the full size CDs/DVDs in any slot load mechanism. Non-standard sized media will jam in the drive.
     

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  22. andresm thread starter macrumors newbie

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    OMG now i see that i needed to put the dvd in the hole =P, i swear i never saw this kind of uber mechanism for a drive, first time, so tough it was just a hole.

    And i am a tech savy guy. How retarded i am? from 1 - 10 =P

    Thanks i was just going to put a mini cd. =P
     
  23. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    Not really bad -- you have just never been exposed to a machine with a slot loading mechanism.

    But it would probably be worth your while to read through the manual -- if your experience is mainly with older or Windows based machines, you would benefit from some familiarization with what is different about the Mac,

    Also, there is a lot of information here in the Guides section, under the Guides tab at the top of this window.

    Apple has may tutorial videos linked from their home page, and if you are new to OSX, they have a section of the site for switchers.

    I'm going to add the one, most important hint for new OSX users:
    Do not move, rename or delete any folder that OSX creates automatically. This includes the System folder, the Library folders, and the User folders. Renaming a user folder will make all of your documents music and movies disappear. Do not rename the User folders.
     
  24. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    I find that to be quite strange.
     
  25. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604

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    That slot is the CD drive.. stick the CD in there and it should work.
     

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