*did do a search and there only seems to be a couple of threads about this: Symptoms: -will not burn discs - does understand a blank disc and been put in but when attempting to start the burn, whatever program in use will crash and it will prompt me again that i have entered a blank disc. -will read discs but it takes it forever to figure it out, and makes all kinds of weird noises when doing so. -strange noise on disc eject/entry. I am most likely going to purchase a drive on ebay and replace it myself since I don't have applecare and will not pay their prices to replace anyways. I just wanted to get your opinion on whether this has anything to do with maybe the case/chassis warping rather than the drive itself. Intel C2D macbook. The laptop is stationary 95% of the time it is used, close clamshell style on an Antec laptop cooler. Never dropped. I did have the battery bulge issue from a year or two ago that I replaced already. Drive starting going bad last week. Thx!