Video playback getting worse, and bad superdrive?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by meisterjager, Mar 12, 2011.

  1. meisterjager macrumors member

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    So the Macbook I've had since early 2008 started running a bit slowly, the worst thing being video playback. Stuff on YouTube is pretty much unwatchable now. I've been running the mac in clamshell mode with an external display for a little under 2 months, and it's been fine for the most part, but the past week or two has just been lame.

    I ran Disk Utility, and upon verifying the disk, it told me that my hard disk needs repairing. Solution is to boot from my OS X installation disk and re-run Disk Utility. My problem is that my superdrive won't load my Snow Leopard disk. It takes it in fine, thinks about it for a minute as it spins up a few times, then ejects it. This happens every time.. I've just burnt an audio CD into iTunes with no problem. It may just be a problem with DVDs? Anyone have any idea if this a firmware or a hardware problem?

    Any other ways to try and repair my hard disk? I was thinking of upgrading it to a new one anyway - would this cure the problem or is it likely to just get
     
  2. tug macrumors 6502

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    try the original osx disc that came with the mac, if that doesn't work try booting from it, insert disc, shut down, boot up holding D at the chime.
     
  3. Detrius macrumors 68000

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    That won't work. As stated, the OP has a bad optical drive.


    Boot into single user mode. Follow the directions that come up on the screen to run fsck. Then reboot.

    Incredibly unlikely that this is your culprit, though. A bad hard drive, on the other hand, could cause both of these symptoms.
     
  4. meisterjager thread starter macrumors member

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  5. ddehr026 macrumors 6502

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    Could you elaborate on this please. I too have a macbook that I am trying to diagnose as either bad hard drive or bad optical drive. I'm fairly new to the mac scene so single user mode and run fsck is a bit foreign. :(

    thanks
     

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