Optical drive has stopped working! macbook

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by messedkid, Jul 20, 2008.

  1. messedkid macrumors 6502


    Jul 8, 2007
    Oshawa, ON
    I posted this in the macbook/ibook forum...and have not gotten any responses.

    My optical drive has stopped responding.

    It does not have anything in it.
    It does not make the BBRBRAAWWRR!! sound on power-up.
    It does not pull in any type of disc (CD nor DVD)
    It does not show up in Disk Utility
    It does not show up in "About this Mac -> More Info"

    What happens when I start my macbook:

    White light goes on on front of mac.
    White screen (where apple logo should be) for about 1 minute.
    Apple logo and loading circle eventually appear (alot longer than it used to/did this morning)
    End up at login screen like normal.

    *log in*

    No optical drive available.

    Any suggestions?

    It is a 1.83 core duo macbook. Upgraded RAM to 2GB and HDD to 160gb. Bought in 2006, so warranty is a no-go. :(

    Also, boot commands ie. reset PRAM or Open Firmware do not work. I can hold any command combination I want..and still end up at the login screen. :(
  2. logana macrumors 65816


    Feb 4, 2006
    Sounds as if the optical drive has failed completely. A MacBook will boot with the optical drive completely disconnected which is what you are experiencing - combo drives are available on eBay for around €25 or $30 so that sounds like the best bet (with no warranty) - swap for another optical drive.
  3. agentphish macrumors 65816


    Sep 7, 2004
    You say warranty is a no go, so I am assuming you didn't consider purchasing AppleCare extended warranty...it's pretty much a MUST with a laptop.
    Something to keep in mind is that if ANYTHING happens where the screen needs to be replaced, it's typically more than 1/2 the cost of the laptop (any laptop) for the parts and labor.

    So it's a very good idea to buy it because it covers EVERYTHING.

    Anyways, you can get a new superdrive or combo drive from www.macsales.com or eBay (though I prefer MacSales) and you can get instructions on how to replace it yourself (if you are comfortable) from ifixit.com

    good luck.
  4. messedkid thread starter macrumors 6502


    Jul 8, 2007
    Oshawa, ON

    Thank you...my parents bought it for me for school and it was a late birthday present. They told me I was getting a dell, but then on the day I left to move into residence...SURPRISE! a macbook :D. Guess they spaced on the applecare.

    Question though. I have a combo drive now...(the apparently busted one). Can I pop in a superdrive...as an updrade, or do I have to replace it with a combodrive again?

    Thanks again..both of you for the replies.
  5. techlover828 macrumors 68020


    Jun 28, 2007
    You could have bought the applecare up to one year after purchasing your macbook, but oh well. And to answer your question yes you can put a superdrive in there and it will work just fine.

    Good luck.

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