HT2801: Apple Computers: Troubleshooting the slot-loading SuperDriveLearn about Apple Computers: Troubleshooting the slot-loading SuperDrive
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 7, 2013 7:16 AM (in response to butler9832)
Your Superdrive has failed. Your likely out of AppleCare if you had it.
If your on 10.5.8 then you need the 10.6.3 Snow Leopard white retail disk from Apple to upgrade.
10.5 PPC software will run on 10.6, but not on 10.7 or later versions, also you'll need more RAM too.
Since your about to incur a huge cost on a 3 year old machine, in repair and upgrading OS X and third party software and possibly even third party hardware because of no drivers, you should possible examine your options of rather investing in a new machine instead.
Sell the old one.
Once that AppleCare expires all the hardware repair costs fall on you, if something breaks then it's almost always a better investment with a new machine, especially a laptop as it's portable, the keyboard is weak bubble membrane and wears out, the trackpad gets worn, dings and grime in the keys, worn out Superdrive, worn out ports, etc.
If you get another laptop, to make it last, use external keyboards and mice, and cover the keyboard area to prevent use, spills and gunk getting into the machine, use the ports and Superdrive as minimal as possible.
Laptops are the worst computer investment for longitivity, desktop all in ones are about medium, open hardware towers are the best.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 7, 2013 8:02 AM (in response to butler9832)
For reference, I'm seeing the SuperDrive for that model, USED, quoted at $90. Probably cheaper to buy an external USB unit while you get around to replacing the rest of the hardware that goes around the drive...
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 7, 2013 8:28 AM (in response to butler9832)
Another help source (if you haven't already done so).
Go to your OS Help Menu. In the search field type dvd
Click on all the troubleshooting topics & Support Articles that pertain to your issue. You can also do the same in Disk Utility. Open same up.
At the bottom left of the window, click on the purple button w/the "?" in the middle. This will bring up the Help Menu.
Try a different brand. Top forum favorites
Make sure the DVDs are not dirty, smudged and/or scratched. http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=50448 How to Handle and Clean CD and DVD Discs
Your drive may need cleaning. Cleaning kits can be purchased from any store that sells CD/DVDs.
=====================MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.8), Original MBP (2/2008)
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