18982 Views 5 Replies Latest reply: May 29, 2008 9:52 AM by neuroanatomist
Welcome to the forum.
It very much sounds like the superdrive will need to be replaced. Two things that you could try though:
1. Reset the SMC
*Resetting an Apple portable's System Management Controller (SMC)*
2. Reset the PRAM
*Resetting your Mac's PRAM and NVRAM*
If, as I suspect, the symptoms still persist, then you'll need to either call Apple, take it in to an Apple Retail Store or an independent Apple Authorised Service Provider (AASP).
If it's still under warranty or you have purchased AppleCare then this type of repair will be carried out free of charge (presuming that there is no physical damage that may have caused the fault).
If it's out of warranty and you have not purchased AppleCare then you'll have to pay for a replacement to be fitted. It's not as expensive as you may suspect (of course that's a relative statement) and you'll almost certainly get a better deal by going to an AASP as opposed to Apple direct.
I had the exact same issue. I tried every possible fix on my own, including those mentioned above. I ultimately had to take the mbp to the genius, who agreed that the superdrive needed to be replaced. Because they had one in stock, the computer was ready for pickup the next day.
The new superdrive is working flawlessly.
I suggest that you just take it in and get in taken care of........Good luck.
Thank you all for your suggestions, they really helped. I found an Apple Service provider in my area, and asked him how much it would cost to replace the drive ($300). Unfortunately, that is more money than I thought it would cost, but he recommended getting an external dvd drive (disk drive, whatever it's called nowadays). Went to all the local places for computer accessories, and the only place I could find one that was Mac compatible was in this computer store inside my college's Bookstore. They only have one left in stock, and it has all this stuff for burning disks and whatnot, but also has Lightscribe.
The price was a lot cheaper than replacing the disk drive. However, I have no idea what Lighscribe is. The disk drive works just like an internal one, right? Just wanting to be sure it can be used to play computer games and other media