Macbook Pro not reading disc

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  1. ArmyKnight12 macrumors 6502

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    I am able to watch dvds on my Macbook Pro, but when I insert a CD with photos or music on it, it doesn't read it and says "you just inserted a blank CD".

    ALSO, I'm not able to burn CD's.

    Anyone know what the issue is and how to fix it?
     
  2. iBookG4user macrumors 604

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    Do all photo and music CDs act the same on the MacBook Pro? Have you tested the discs with another computer?
     
  3. ArmyKnight12 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Yes. If I burn a photo disc at work, it shows up as a blank CD on the MBP. If I put it in another work computer, it shows the photos. Think something is wrong.
     
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    Try the disc on a different Mac if you have one available. Perhaps the disc was burnt to only work on PCs.
     
  5. ArmyKnight12 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    My mom has a Macbook and it works on her computer. Weird, eh?
     
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    That is odd, does the same thing happen for all CDs? If you have a Music CD, does that work on the MacBook pro, or is it only burnt CDs that do not work?
     
  7. ArmyKnight12 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks for your help so far. I put three CD's in. They all work. It's only burned CD's.
     
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    Alright, we're getting closer to the root of the problem. If you burn a CD using your mom's MacBook, does that work on your MacBook Pro?
     
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    Burned a disc on her MACBOOK, nothing! Still says "you have just inserted a blank disc" ARGH!!
     
  10. iBookG4user macrumors 604

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    Ok, try going into system preferences and creating a new account. Then try the burnt CD in the new account. If that doesn't work, if you have windows installed on the computer; try the CD using windows. If it works in windows, it is due to Mac OS X, if it doesn't work, it's a hardware issue.
     
  11. ArmyKnight12 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I made an account- disc doesn't work on that either.
    I don't have Windows. I guess it must be a hardware issue and of course my warranty on this computer expired a year ago.
     
  12. Cave Man macrumors 604

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    The problem is the junk drives Apple puts in their laptops, iMacs and Minis.
     
  13. iBookG4user macrumors 604

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    Totally agree, my friend's MacBook Pro Superdrive kicked the bucket a couple months ago. The same has happened to mine in the past as well, although I was under Applecare when it happened.
     
  14. ArmyKnight12 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Anyone have an idea on how much that will cost to fix it?
     
  15. Cave Man macrumors 604

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    Do it yourself would be about $80 or so. You need to find out if you need a PATA (IDE) or SATA drive before you buy. I'd check with Other World Computing.
     
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    The SuperDrive in my iMac stopped working last Christmas. I would insert a disc, it would try and read it, then eject it. They place I shipped it to replaced it with a Pioneer drive and it works great. Doesn't seem to be as loud as the MatsuSHITa either.
     
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    Yeah, it shouldn't be too costly to replace the Superdrive. And swapping out the Superdrives is pretty easy.
     
  18. Cave Man macrumors 604

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    And if it were me, I'd put a Blu-ray drive in there...
     
  19. ArmyKnight12 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Blue-Ray- great thinking! Thanks for everyone's help. Big thanks to iBookG4user.
     
  20. ArmyKnight12 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Went to the Apple store today. "Genius" said it would cost 250 bucks to fix.
    Optical laser is not working.

    You think an external superdrive would work just as well. I can get one of those for much cheaper.

    Thoughts on what I should do?
     
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    I'd replace it myself, you can get the drive for about $85 after shipping. I posted a link to the guide a bit earlier, it is a pretty easy repair :)
     

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