My PowerBook's Superdrive ejects CDs/DVDs right after I insert them!

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by shaavisto, Sep 18, 2005.

  1. shaavisto macrumors newbie

    Sep 18, 2005
    Just yesterday when i turned on my powerbook, it ejected a DVD that had been in it for about a month. Naturally, I thought nothing of it and just tried re-inserting it. I heard the drive working, then after about 5 seconds make a noise and eject it again. This time I looked at the bottom of the DVD and saw two small brownish marks (burns??). The DVD smells somewhat burnt as well.
    Now, with every CD or DVD i insert, the same thing happens - its fine for 5 seconds and then spits it back out before any icon appears on the desktop or anything. I bought this computer used off of eBay, and it no longer has warranty or applecare.
    Does anyone have any idea about my situation at all (what exactly happened, how much it will cost to repair, etc.)?? Any advice or help or words of reassurance would be greately appreciated... I am scared.
  2. northernleitz macrumors member

    Sep 13, 2005
    Rural Alaska
    What kind of Power Book are you talking about here? On titanium models, sometimes if the bottom isn't put on right (after a hard drive upgrade or other maintenance, for example) the DVD drive doesn't like DVDs anymore (as you describe). My own thought is that something is misaligned inside your case, and the resulting pressure on your DVD drive is the cause of your problem.

    You can check's support pages for directions on removing/reinstalling the bottom of your computer, if that will help. Of course it requires a tiny (T8 or T6 if memory serves) torx driver.
  3. londonweb macrumors 6502


    Sep 14, 2005
    I'm having a similar problem with an ibook, although mine reads cds fine but won't entertain the idea of having a dvd in it for some reason. It used to, but then a couple of days ago it stopped working. I've actually posted a query about this here already, and the lack of response is very worrying :(
  4. shaavisto thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 18, 2005
    I have an aluminum PB... I think the drive is probably just shot. I dunno... I'd appreciate any other suggestions or comments though.
  5. jamesW135 macrumors 6502a


    Apr 30, 2005
    Ive heard of burnig smels but never the actuall dvd getting burned. My oppinion that the drive is shot.

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