14 Replies Latest reply: Jan 27, 2008 8:08 AM by SkateSnowLax7
ScottUK Level 1 (0 points)
Got round to buying Leopard this week and inserted the disc only for my Macbook to make some rumbling noises and eject the disc. I was wondering if there are any solutions to my problem or if anyone else with a Macbook is suffering from this problem.

Thanks in advance, Scott.

Macbook, Mac OS X (10.4.10)
  • baltwo Level 9 (62,215 points)
    Do other disks mount? Have you inspected the disk for crud or scratches? Have you tried it in another computer?
  • ScottUK Level 1 (0 points)
    Yes other discs do mount absolutly fine, the disc has a scratch or two but works perfectly on the latest MacBook's as it has been installed already (yes we do have the Family Pack!).
  • baltwo Level 9 (62,215 points)
    Three things to try, then. 1. Get a optical lens cleaner disk and clean the Macbook's disk reader lens. 2. Use liquid auto polish (waxless) and rub out the scratches, rubbing from the center to the edge. I've successfully used that to repair disks. 3. Hook up the Macbook via target disk mode to the good machine and install it from there with the install disk.
  • ScottUK Level 1 (0 points)
    Weve tried cleaning the disc but to no avail, iv tried the up-side-down solution and have got the disc to mount only for it not to work when restarting before installation. Do forgive my lack of knowledge but how what is Target Disk Mode and how would i achieve the installation?
  • baltwo Level 9 (62,215 points)
    Finder->Help->MacHelp->Index->T->target disk mode
  • nerowolfe Level 6 (13,065 points)
    You might burn a copy, which is both legal and sometimes works where the original does not.
    Just recall it's a double-layer DVD.
  • ScottUK Level 1 (0 points)
    So how would i actually install Leopard using Target Disk Mode? I now understand how it works but how would i save Leopard to my Hard Drive instead of the over Mac being used?
  • Betty R. Beckham Level 1 (25 points)
    I am having the same problem with a replacement MBP 2.4GHZ which arrived today from Apple. I have a Leopard family pack which has no problems on 3 other macs. The Leopard "CPU Drop-in DVD" from the DOA computer and this replacement are all summarily spit out by this MBP??? No dirt or scratches involved. This computer has passed an extended Apple Hardware test. Will let you know what Apple Care has to say. After falling victim to the unresponsive keyboard issue on the first MBP, I am not a happy camper to say the least.
  • baltwo Level 9 (62,215 points)
    You take a Macbook that has Leopard installed, you pop in the install Disk, you fire up the Macbook that can't use the disk in TDM, hook it up to the good Macbook with a FireWire cable, click on the install disk's Install Mac OS X icon, enter your password, the Macbook reboots with the install disk, and you select the Macbook hooked up TDM as the destination.
  • digita6 Level 1 (0 points)
    I am having the same problem...tried 2 different brand new leopard DVDs, and it spits them back out every time. Any answers here?
  • Betty R. Beckham Level 1 (25 points)
    My problem solved by

    1. resetting the SMU (shut down, unplug, remove battery, hold power button for 10 sec)

    2. reset PRAM (hold down apple-option-P-R while holding down the power button - let chime 3 times)

    Now computer recognizes media in disc drive.
  • ScottUK Level 1 (0 points)
    Thanks for the run through Baltwo on using Target Disc Mode, going to see if i can get this done before the weekend. If for some reason it fails to work ill give your solution a try Betty R. Beckham, just one question if i perform these SMU and PRAM resettings will i lose information on my Macbook?

    Thanks Scott
  • Betty R. Beckham Level 1 (25 points)
    In pre OS X days, we lost settings. I did not have to reset anything. I just gained back my disc drive.
  • SkateSnowLax7 Level 1 (0 points)
    what is upside down mode......i bought leopard the other day and when i enter the disc it will mumble inside the computer and then eject the disc