MBP Won't read Leopard DVD?!

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  1. jhamerphoto macrumors regular

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    I joined specifically to start this thread, possibly get some answers.

    I bought OS X Leopard tonight and whenever I put it in the drive of my MBP, it just spits it back out.
    15.4" 2.16ghz 2gb ram MBP, everything has worked perfectly except this.
    it accepts the disc, sits there, clicks a bit and spits it back out after about 15 seconds. It doesn't even load on the desktop.
    has this happened for anyone else?
    I tried resetting it how they described in another forum and still nothing.

    I even tried putting a DVD into it to see if my drive was shot, but it ran fine.

    Thanks.
     
  2. El Carbonite macrumors regular

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    I'm having the exact same problem. Thankfully I have an extra Mac and a FireWire cable handy. If you can, boot your other Mac into target disk mode and then you should be able to install it on the primary Mac.
     
  3. vertabatt macrumors newbie

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    Same problem here on my dual 2ghz G5.

    I put the disc in, 10-20 seconds later it comes right back out. My PB G4 reads the disc just fine.

    Tried to install it to my G5 by booting up my G5 in target mode. My G4 doesn't show the volume mounting!

    So then I tried using my G4 in target mode with the disc in it... WOOHOO I got the install disc image to appear on my G5 desktop.

    Restart the G5 to install... and my G5 volume is not a choice for destination volumes (but the G4 is!)

    What did I spend 129 bucks on?!
     
  4. jhamerphoto thread starter macrumors regular

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    unfortunately, only one mac here.
    I'm a 17-year old student with a part-time job
    lucky enough to have one mac hahaha

    this is quite frustrating though.
     
  5. jhamerphoto thread starter macrumors regular

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    No amount of spite seems to be solving this one.

    I don't think there's any way to make progress here.
     
  6. Luap macrumors 65816

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    There are quite a few reports of this over on the Apple discussion forums.
    With a couple of possible solutions..
    It seems often, some Macs will recognise the DVD, whereas others will not.
    Someone found that putting the DVD into a mac that did recognise it, copying it to a blank DVD, it then worked on the Mac that had a problem reading the original disk! Go figure..
    Someone else said that simply using one of those special DVD lens cleaning disks was sufficient to make the original install DVD work.
     
  7. jhamerphoto thread starter macrumors regular

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    I read those, but nothing was really conclusive.
    and my laptop was just purchased in May 2007, it can't be that dirty!
    Steve Jobs needs to get the gears turning on this one, or we may just have to go back to what we trusted...
    COMMODORE 64
     
  8. hotshotharry macrumors 6502

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    I had the same problem and i used a usb dvd drive to load leopard. worked flawlessly! i think i paid about 60 bucks at a local computer store! :)

    I contacted apple and they seem to think its the drive ! but i couldnt finish troubleshooting with them as i didnt have the tiger disks on hand!
     
  9. Luap macrumors 65816

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    Yes, not conclusive, granted :rolleyes:
    Thankfully, I do still have my C64 though :D
     
  10. jhamerphoto thread starter macrumors regular

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    So the simple $130 OS upgrade has turned into a $200 hardware and software purchase, real simple Apple.

    And to think they gloated about only having one version.
    maybe they'll come out with a second that comes with a new DVD drive...which probably won't work.
     
  11. jhamerphoto thread starter macrumors regular

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    okay let's experiment here

    post your disc burning info to compare, see if maybe it's a specific kind of drive that apple made a bad decision with...

    MATSHITA DVD-R UJ-857D:

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

    anyone else?
     
  12. hotshotharry macrumors 6502

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    MATSHITA DVD-R UJ-857E:

    Firmware Revision: ZB0E
    Interconnect: ATAPI
    Burn Support: Yes (Apple Shipping Drive)
    Cache: 2048 KB
    Reads DVD: Yes
    CD-Write: -R, -RW
    DVD-Write: -R, -R DL, -RW, +R, +R DL, +RW
    Write Strategies: CD-TAO, CD-SAO, DVD-DAO
    Media: Insert media and refresh to show available burn speeds

    This one did not work its a fairly recent model
     
  13. hotshotharry macrumors 6502

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    HL-DT-ST DVDRW GWA4080MA:

    Firmware Revision: AE39
    Interconnect: ATAPI
    Burn Support: Yes (Apple Shipped/Supported)
    Cache: 2048 KB
    Reads DVD: Yes
    CD-Write: -R, -RW
    DVD-Write: -R, -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

    This one worked absolutely perfect! its almost a year old now.
     
  14. jhamerphoto thread starter macrumors regular

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    still, inconclusive.

    well i have no idea, but apple better post a fix or something for this
    i don't feel like paying another $60 for a DVD drive i'll probably only use once to install Leopard.
     
  15. puckhead193 macrumors G3

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    i wonder for now since u purchased it, if you go to the store and get it off their server. That's what they normally do when they need to reinstall the OS for fixes. BUt you should be able to use your disk. I wonder if its a different type/brand of disk?
     
  16. vertabatt macrumors newbie

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    SONY DVD RW DW-U10A:

    Firmware Revision: A43h
    Interconnect: ATAPI
    Burn Support: Yes (Apple Shipped/Supported)
    Cache: 8192 KB
    Reads DVD: Yes
    CD-Write: -R, -RW
    DVD-Write: -R, -RW, +R, +RW
    Burn Underrun Protection CD: Yes
    Burn Underrun Protection DVD: Yes
    Write Strategies: CD-TAO, CD-SAO, CD-Raw, DVD-DAO
    Media: No



    I tried using my dads G5 iMac to help me out.

    Booted up my dual G5 in target mode, it mounted just fine to the iMac. Opened the install disc and restarted as usual.

    When I got to volume destination only the iMac was visible... still no dual G5. I am really clueless as to what the problem is, but it sounds like its more than a DVD drive issue (at least in my case).
     
  17. jhamerphoto thread starter macrumors regular

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    You'd think apple would avoid such inconsistency.
    I think we may finally understand why the apple logo has a piece missing :\
     
  18. vertabatt macrumors newbie

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    Also, can someone point me to discussions on this issue elsewhere? I'd like to keep up to date on what people are doing/possible solutions. sigh.
     
  19. hotshotharry macrumors 6502

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    I was going to backup the disc and use that but i discovered my external drive worked so that saved me the trouble but that is definately a route i would consider. Maybe even parition your hard drive and put a copy on there that you can run the install from!!

    Like i say i didnt have to persue these options as the external drive seemed to do the trick.

    tis a shame but i bet there is a copy that works on the net, normally i would be against this, but hey!! apple dropped the ball here !!!!!!!!!
     
  20. jhamerphoto thread starter macrumors regular

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    So, so far our possible solutions are:

    external DVD drive
    partition external HDD and load DMG there (please explain how if MBP spits it out)
    and just waiting for apple?
     
  21. hotshotharry macrumors 6502

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    I should mentione after reinserting like 50 times i finally got it where it owuld read the disc only to have it fail 50% through the validation!! so if it did this during the install i dont know what kind of troubles that would cause !

    you'd have to use another comp to make a copy .... :-( maybe you have a friend you could impose on
     
  22. jhamerphoto thread starter macrumors regular

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    Unfortunately, my friends are all archaic nimrods running windows.
    could it still make a disc copy?
    crap, I don't have DL DVD's

    at least we aren't deep into the problem like those poor guys with the blue screen.
    tragic.
     
  23. hotshotharry macrumors 6502

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    I would think you could image the disc and make a copy on a windows machne but you will need DL discs!

    Maybe you could find an excuse to find an external dvd burner !! lol :) then your troubles are over !!!! :) I think mine is an LG $60 usb 2 job. got it at a local pc retail store lol DOH!!

    **** Is only a guess that its the disc causing toruble, trying to install a burnt disc may change nothing!! keep that in mind but its worth a try ! I suspect its a software/hardware problem rather than the dvd ... but then again i am only guessing, perhaps some one more qualified will render s guess.
     
  24. iPoodOverZune macrumors regular

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    Man, I am MacFan and this apple's recent fiascos are driving me nuts. Why would my DVD drive not read the disc? it just spits out.
    MATSHITA DVD-R UJ-816:
    Firmware Revision: DXJ3
    Interconnect: ATAPI
    Burn Support: Yes (Apple Shipped/Supported)
    Cache: 2048 KB
    Reads DVD: Yes
    CD-Write: -R, -RW
    DVD-Write: -R, -RW
    Burn Underrun Protection CD: Yes
    Burn Underrun Protection DVD: Yes
    Write Strategies: CD-TAO, CD-SAO, DVD-DAO
    Media: No


    and I cannot pursue any of the options above if I cannot even read the disc. I do have a PC with a recent DVD burner. But what are these DL DVDs? and how do I create a disc image with that.
     
  25. Masquerade macrumors 6502a

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    piratebay-it. you've a legal copy then you can torrent it. tomorrow replace the disk at store :cool:
     

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