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My DVD Drive Reads Burned DVD as a Blank DVD!!

4952 Views 11 Replies Latest reply: Jun 16, 2008 8:16 AM by mccu7pj2 RSS
SickPreston Calculating status...
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Feb 21, 2008 12:36 PM
Hey Peeps,

I have a Macbook Pro, running 10.4.11. I've copied a few of my own DVD's for travel so my originals don't get punished. I burnt them with Toast Titanium 8.0.3. I've tested with DVD player and my roommates intel iMac and they work fine, but when i put the DVD in my drive it reads it as Blank media or an "Untitled DVD". I've used the same disks and method of burning hundreds of times before with this machine, and all of a sudden it doesn't read the disks anymore. My originals work fine as well.

I've already tried repairing the permissions, removing all cache and preferences, as well and booting of the system disk and repairing the drive. There is a Gremlin in my Macbook Pro.
Macbook Pro, Mac OS X (10.4.11),
  • TomRS75 Calculating status...
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    Feb 24, 2008 10:34 AM (in response to SickPreston)
    I have the same problem. I'm using Leopard 10.5.2. I used an external DVD writer (LiteOn 20X) to write dvd-s, but my MacBook Pro does not read them. It reports they are blank dvd-s. All my other machines read these disks fine. (including a Macbook). I have tried different brand of disks but same effect. I tried to write using different speeds etc.. However if I write dvds with the Macbook's writer it will read it fine. Of course it will read the disks made by itself...

    So annoying...


  • Steve Osman Level 2 Level 2 (220 points)
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    Mar 2, 2008 7:44 AM (in response to TomRS75)
    Same thing here exactly! other machines read the disks fine but macbook pro says they are blank even though you can see the data on the disk
    Now i know im not alone i will contact apple tomorrow.
    these machines are seriously expensive and should not have problems as rediculous as this
    macbook pro, Mac OS X (10.4.11)
  • Craig Gray Calculating status...
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    Mar 7, 2008 11:36 AM (in response to Steve Osman)
    Me as well. DVD's show up fine on other computers but show as blank on my MBP 17. My drive is a Matshita UJ 85J
    MBP 17 in, Mac OS X (10.5.2)
  • MexicoWebmaster Calculating status...
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    Mar 15, 2008 4:13 PM (in response to SickPreston)
    I'm having the same problem with my MacBook Pro but with CDs. I burned a CD today and titled it; when complete, it shows on the desktop with the correct title. I then double clicked it to check the files and they opened just fine. Then I ejected the disk and reinserted it, only to see an untitled CD with NO content. Gave that disk to a friend with a PC and it read normally. Called Apple and the rep, who seemed very knowledgeable, said he'd never heard of it before. Tried disconnecting all peripherals and using different brand disks, same result. This has happened before 10.5 as well.

    I make my living with this computer so this is a major problem. The MacBook Pro has given me more problems than all of my other Macs combined, beginning with the 512K 20 years ago.
    MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.2)
  • StudioGeek Level 1 Level 1 (40 points)
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    Mar 29, 2008 8:06 AM (in response to SickPreston)
    Same here.
    I got my 2.16 MBP about a year and a half ago. I am a few months out of out of warranty and.....
    The DVD drive is toast (same written disk as blank issue and ejects most).
    The top case has an area where the paint has worn off.
    The machine will totally shut down if it runs out of battery instead of sleep.
    The power button is tilted.
    The power supply has been replaced and now the replacement is going...
    The original battery has been replaced.
    It is too hot to touch skin on the bottom case..... always.....

    It has still gotten the job done (if the "Job" is not DVD related), but it's the most troublesome mac I have ever owned, and I have had at least 30.


    C2D 2.16(XP)/G52.0 DUAL/MDD 1.25 DUAL/867 12 inch/ and many more, Mac OS X (10.5.1), Many, many, Macs.......
  • MikeWW Calculating status...
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    May 4, 2008 5:26 PM (in response to SickPreston)
    My Dad has the latest Firmware on his Intel Macbook Pro, but still burned DVD's show up as blank DVD-R's. Any other fixes other than firmware? These discs read fine on all my Macs and his other Macs too.
    2 G4's, Dual G4, Intel mac Mini, Mac OS X (10.5.2)
  • greenolivetree Calculating status...
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    May 10, 2008 12:20 AM (in response to MikeWW)
    Same here, my MBP (10.5.2) is up to date with the latest firmware. Can't read burned DVD which can be read by Tiger. I may need to bring it to Apple store.
    MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.2)
  • Guillaumekh Calculating status...
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    May 13, 2008 4:00 PM (in response to SickPreston)
    me too.

    Has anyone figured this out?

    I think it's software related but can't figure out how..

    I'm using MATSHITA DVD-R UJ-857E: Firmware Revision: ZA0E
    I have the superdrive update, running 10.5.2.
    WMWare Fusion is installed, it could be related, who knows.

    I had such problem when migrating from my old PPC laptop. I had a file in /Library which was PPC only and messing with drive. Can't remember what it was though.
    MBP 2.2, Mac OS X (10.5.2)
  • mccu7pj2 Calculating status...
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    Jun 16, 2008 8:16 AM (in response to SickPreston)
    I'm having the same issue - Macbook Pro running 10.5.3. System Profiler reports the following for my 'Disc Burning' hardware:


    Firmware Revision: AP09
    Interconnect: ATAPI
    Burn Support: Yes (Apple Shipping Drive)
    Cache: 2048 KB
    Reads DVD: Yes
    CD-Write: -R, -RW
    DVD-Write: -R, -R DL, -RW, +R, +R DL, +RW
    Write Strategies: CD-TAO, CD-SAO, CD-Raw, DVD-DAO
    Media: Insert media and refresh to show available burn speeds
    Macbook Pro 15", Mac OS X (10.5.3)


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