Played a scratched DVD in new MBP -- bad move?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by jnyepu, Jul 6, 2007.

  1. jnyepu macrumors member

    Jun 5, 2007
    Dallas, TX
    The DVD player on my home theater set-up decided to stop working so we decided to watch a DVD (from Blockbuster) on the new MBP. Really the first time I've used the drive, so was curious to see how a full length movie looked on this screen.

    Anyway, noticed the DVD was pretty smudged and scratched but went ahead and put it in. No problems till about 5 minutes into the movie (Barbershop 2, don't ask, my wife and brother-in-law wanted to see it :( ) then the screen froze and the system locked up. Completely unresponsive so I hit the power button to trigger a shut down.

    Computer booted back up fine. Ejected the disk and wiped with a lint free cloth, then put back in. Movie played from beginning without issue -- no freezing or anything.

    I'm now worried that I've done something to the drive.

    1. Could I have damaged the drive by doing what I did above, given the movie played fine after wiping the DVD down? I'm assuming it's probably best to avoid putting discs like that into the Superdrive in general?
    2. Is there a way to run a diagnostic on the Superdrive to see if it is working properly now?
    3. Am I blowing this out of proportion?

    Thanks in advance.
  2. OutThere macrumors 603


    Dec 19, 2002
    I don't think there could have been any problems caused by a scratched DVD unless it had crud on it (like stuff that could have fallen off in the drive). The only way I know of to test the drive would be to simply do each of the functions of the another movie, burn a CD and burn a DVD, however I wouldn't worry. Millions of scratched DVDs are put in millions of DVD drives every day, if they regularly caused damage, it would be common knowledge. :)
  3. jonaseriksson macrumors member

    Jun 5, 2005

    1. No, there could have been no damages since no vital part of the superdrive is actually touching the disc (except for what holds it into place).

    3. Yes! :D

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