Optical drive has stopped working! macbook

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

  1. messedkid macrumors 6502

    messedkid

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    Location:
    Oshawa, ON
    #1
    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

    logana

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    #2
    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

    agentphish

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    #3
    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

    messedkid

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    #4

    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

    techlover828

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    #5
    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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