upgraded Mac Pro slow,now the CD doesn't read CDs

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by machenryr, Nov 8, 2016.

  1. machenryr macrumors regular

    machenryr

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    3.46 early 2009. I upgraded the CPU last year with two MPs. This one, my main, just slogs. Now I went to burn some CDs for a client and it managed to burn one, but now the Mac rejects every new black CD I put in. The 2nd Mac reads them fine. But I don't have the software I need to burn on the 2nd Mac. Arrghh!

    I blew compressed air in the open tray, repaired permissions and reset the pram. I recently moved so I can't locate my DW disk. Any si=uggestions? Is it just time to replace the drive?
     
  2. Flint Ironstag macrumors 6502a

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  3. pastrychef macrumors 601

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    I've always had horrible luck with DVD burners. I would always find them non-functional when I needed them. On the other hand, the DVD burners on my laptops have been much more reliable. Now, I just have slim USB DVD burner to use with my desktop on the rare occasions I need to burn a disc.
     
  4. h9826790 macrumors 604

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    Sounds like a dead super drive. Of course, it's possible that you get a drive that quite picky, and the whole batch of the disc can't be recognised by that particular drive. However, it still means that you have a problematic super drive, better to swap it out, or get an external USB backup optical drive.
     
  5. machenryr thread starter macrumors regular

    machenryr

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    Thanks. Are there certain superdrives that either won't work on MacPro 2009? I believe there are accommodations for two superdrives on the MacPro, right? They looks super cheap. Maybe I'll buy two.
     
  6. sevichenko macrumors regular

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  7. ActionableMango macrumors 604

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    Any SATA superdrive will work. In fact almost any SATA optical drive will work, including blu-ray burners. You just need to pop off the front bezel from the tray, which is what most of us do. So unless you are a stickler for Apple parts, just get a common brand DVD or blu-ray burner (such as LG for example) and pop the front bezel off.
     
  8. CapnDavey macrumors 6502

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    I had an issue with my mac pro not burning CD's the issue was older media that worked fine in my G4 bought some new CD's they work fine FYI
     

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