MacBook Pro won't read DVDs

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by holdmusic, Sep 7, 2011.

  1. holdmusic macrumors newbie

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    My macbook pro (the older kind) won't read DVDs anymore. When I put one in, it either spits it right out, or lets it sit and won't recognize it. My application DVD Player can't recognize the discs. I can't even run one of those laser-lens-cleaning DVDs.

    This is a big problem, since I'd like to upgrade my OS soon to work out some of the problems that have been popping up lately. But I can't do that as long as my computer rejects DVDs. (It can read audio CDs just fine.)

    What can I do about this?
     
  2. Mal macrumors 603

    Mal

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    Probably need to replace the drive, or get an external drive. Most of the time it's cheaper to get an external drive.

    jW
     
  3. bb426 macrumors 6502

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    Well with the fact of upgrading your system, you can always upgrade your system with a USB drive. There's guides out there to do so ;)

    If it can read audio disks fine, it should be able to use a CD player cleaner disk. I have one that's just a bunch of audio tracks that cleans the lens with the little bristles... This is the one I have.

    Other than that, your other option is to replace the drive, as noted by Mal.
     
  4. Detrius macrumors 68000

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    Clearly, you have a bad optical drive. You either need to replace the drive or use an external one (which could also mean borrowing one from another machine via Firewire).
     

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