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DVD Drive makes noise of ejecting randomly

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dhirajpatil Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Oct 13, 2008 4:43 PM
My mac book pro DVD drive makes EJCTING NOISE every 5-10 mins even though there is no CD/DVD media in it

Any idea why?
Mac Book Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.5), 2.6GHz, 200GB HDD, 15inch LED display
  • discostu514 Calculating status...
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    Oct 13, 2008 5:19 PM (in response to dhirajpatil)
    i get this as well, but it's not at regular intervals. it happens every once in a while (in fact right before opening this thread, it happened!)
    macbook pro 15" 2.4 ghz 4gb RAM 160gb HD, Mac OS X (10.5.5)
  • CMCSK Level 6 Level 6 (10,200 points)
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    Oct 13, 2008 5:34 PM (in response to dhirajpatil)
    Take the computer to an Apple store. See if they can duplicate the issue. If not and you have AppleCare or computer is still under warranty, discuss your concerns with tech support.

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    Mac OS X (10.5.5)
  • greanias Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 4, 2008 9:09 AM (in response to dhirajpatil)
    This happens on my system (late 2008 MBP) as well. It happens even when the system has been put into sleep mode, thus preventing the sleep from taking effect (and resulting in some very warm laptop bags).
  • dubbayoo Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 10, 2008 3:08 PM (in response to greanias)
    greanias wrote:
    This happens on my system (late 2008 MBP) as well. It happens even when the system has been put into sleep mode, thus preventing the sleep from taking effect (and resulting in some very warm laptop bags).


    I have yet to check if it happens when attempting to sleep the machine (lid open or closed) but I'm getting the phantom eject every 5 minutes or so too. Loads of people seem to have the issue based on what I've come across here but I have yet to see a solution.
    MacBook Pro 2.4GHz (Late 2008), Mac OS X (10.5.5), iPod Shuffle 2G 1Gb, iPod 4G 40Gb, iPod Classic 80GB, iPhone 3G 8GB
  • jhatton1980 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 21, 2008 5:37 PM (in response to dhirajpatil)
    I've been fighting this same problem. It got worse after installing 10.5.6.

    But I think I found a remedy. I've posted it here:

    http://discussions.apple.com/messageview.jspa?messageID=8665905&stqc=true
    MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.3)
  • greanias Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 25, 2008 7:48 PM (in response to dubbayoo)
    Updating the system to 10.5.6 and applying the firmware patch for the new MacBooks has resolved the issue on my end. I'm guessing it was the firmware part of the equation since it specifically called out fixes for sleep mode which looked to be the root of the problem.
  • Network 23 Level 6 Level 6 (11,500 points)
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    Dec 25, 2008 10:15 PM (in response to dhirajpatil)
    In my case the noise is not random. It happens every time OS X polls the drive interfaces for one reason or another. For example, when mounting a disk image, or when starting Disk Utility. You all might think it's random, but that might be because you aren't using a notifier for disk activity (I use Growl).

    I managed to stop it using jhatton's tip, but instead of deleting diskutil outright I am keeping a copy in another folder in case it's needed for something in the future.
    Mac Pro, MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.6), PowerBook G4 15" Al, PowerBook G3 FireWire, PowerCenter Pro, PowerBook 160
  • rcr1 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Feb 12, 2009 11:05 AM (in response to dhirajpatil)
    Over the past several months, my MacBook developed your same empty-drive, repeated-eject problem whenever I closed the lid. Also, the fan would sometimes run on and on, for no discernible reason. Whenever I reopened the lid, the laptop was sluggish to awaken; and when it finally reactivated, it made an ejection noise (embarrassing in client meetings!) It may have been a coincidence, or not, that Bluetooth became unavailable, while Airport connectivity diminished.

    I tried all the usual solutions (run the repair permissions/drive utility, take battery out, hold down button, restart, reset PRAM, play a CD, play a DVD, trash Bluetooth preferences, etc.) with no success.

    Yesterday, the ejection cycle became so frequent that the laptop basically refused to go to sleep. It overheated, causing the fan to run continuously; so, out of sheer necessity, I had to shut down the MacBook completely instead of leaving it in sleep mode.

    I left the MacBook off, unplugged, all night long. This morning, all the problems had disappeared. I can't remember when the computer ran this quietly and smoothly. In retrospect, I realize now that I had been living with a problem which had grown stealthily over a span of several months.

    If any relapses occur, I'll post an update.
    MacBook core duo, Mac OS X (10.4.11)
  • rcr1 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Feb 17, 2009 7:40 AM (in response to rcr1)
    Update: two days ago, my MacBook automatically downloaded two updates from Apple (a Java update and a security patch).

    I installed the updates and rebooted the laptop. The "dry eject" problem returned.

    Once again, I shut down the laptop completely and let it rest overnight, unplugged. Sure enough, the problem disappeared, and has not returned since. In fact, the laptop runs much cooler than ever, and the fan rarely activates.


    While I can't be sure what caused the problem or why this solution works, I do wonder about a build-up of static electricity. Until I discovered the shut-down solution, the laptop screen used to make an annoying buzzing sound whenever I unplugged it. Perhaps the electricity build-up also caused the other symptoms.

    At any rate, I now make it a practice to completely shut down the laptop each night before I go to bed.
  • gpotts Level 3 Level 3 (585 points)
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    Feb 17, 2009 12:34 PM (in response to rcr1)
    Maybe you just need a SMC reset?

    Unplug and take out battery after shutting down. Hold down the power button for at least 5 seconds. Then put it all back together and press the button to start up while holding down command-option-p-r until it chimes twice to reset the PRAM.
    Aluminum MB 2GHz Late 2008/Aluminum iMac 2.4GHz Mid 2007, Mac OS X (10.5.6)
  • rcr1 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Mar 1, 2009 8:03 PM (in response to gpotts)
    I had already tried the solution you propose, but to no avail.

    Thus far, shutting down the laptop nightly seems to offer the best prevention.
  • William Kucharski Level 6 Level 6 (14,395 points)
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    Mar 6, 2009 6:59 AM (in response to rcr1)
    Laptops will do this each time they awake from sleep as they scan the available drives to check for device changes.

    Thus it's not the noise that's causing your laptop to wake from sleep, but rather it's something that's causing your laptop to wake from sleep that's causing your laptop to poll the drive, resulting in the noise.
    Quad 2.5 GHz G5, 5 GB | 15" 2.6 GHz MBP Penryn, 4 GB, Mac OS X (10.5.6)
  • rcr1 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Mar 14, 2009 12:01 PM (in response to William Kucharski)
    Yes, it's basic logic, we all know that. What's the solution to the problem?
  • Brian Streng Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Mar 26, 2009 10:44 PM (in response to dhirajpatil)
    I've been experiencing the 'dry-eject' noise as well.

    Although, the drive makes this noise, which is an actual eject attempt, when my PowerBook (or the table it's sitting on) gets bumped, shaken, or tapped.

    Perhaps it's due to a failing sensor?

    It's becoming more and more sensitive to these jolts, and therefore more frequent.

    It's to the point where setting an object down on the table sets it off!

    Is this similar to what anyone else is experiencing as far as the cause of the 'dry-eject' noise?
    PowerBook G4, Mac OS X (10.5.6), 1.5 GHz, Superdrive
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