SuperDrive problems (reading)

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Elrond39, Oct 22, 2007.

  1. Elrond39 macrumors 6502

    Aug 16, 2005
    Utrecht, The Netherlands
    I'm probably not the first to have this issue, but I wanted to ask the question anyway, because the community is generally very helpful.

    Since a short while ago, my SuperDrive has been acting very oddly. It will read DVDs just fine. But, when I put in a CD (commercial, audio CD), it will make an effort to read it, three times, but then eject it.

    It's in a MacBook Core Duo, 2.0Ghz.

    Here's the System Profiler info for the SuperDrive:


    Firmware Revision: HBE4
    Interconnect: ATAPI
    Burn Support: Yes (Apple Shipped/Supported)
    Cache: 2048 KB
    Reads DVD: Yes
    CD-Write: -R, -RW
    DVD-Write: -R, -RW, +R, +RW
    Burn Underrun Protection CD: Yes
    Burn Underrun Protection DVD: Yes
    Write Strategies: CD-TAO, CD-SAO, DVD-DAO
    Media: No

    Also, in my System Preferences, under the CDs and DVDs heading, I can't seem to change any of the options anymore (started happening at the same time as the SuperDrive issue).

    This is how it looks at the moment:

    I'll select an other option from the drop-down menus, but after I've closed System Preferences it must just jump right back, because the next time I open the CDs and DVDs preferences, it's like this again.

    This leads me to think it might be a software issue (wishful thinking, really), but I've started to believe it must be an actual hardware issue with the SuperDrive. Any advice? Should I swallow, take a few breaths and get a replacement SuperDrive (thank goodness for AppleCare coverage)?
  2. Elrond39 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Aug 16, 2005
    Utrecht, The Netherlands
    If this is a software issue, would it maybe correct itself after buying and installing Leopard? I really want the SuperDrive to work, of course... and I really wouldn't mind having Leopard either. ;)

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