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13565 Views 6 Replies Latest reply: Oct 21, 2008 7:02 PM by defiant74205 RSS
botto Calculating status...
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Aug 6, 2008 8:40 AM
seems like i'm not the only one with issues with their superdrive.

any suggestions on a laser lens cleaner? does it really matter? do i have to buy one that's specifically marketed to clean DVD/W?
Macbook Pro 2.33 GHz Intel Core Duo, Mac OS X (10.4.11)
  • Gl4cier Calculating status...
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    Aug 12, 2008 10:37 PM (in response to botto)
    Yes i also have this problem and trying to get the best dvd lens cleaner for my MacBook Pro, is it ok to get those cleaner with dry brush or maybe there is another type? please advise, thank you.
    MBP core duo, Mac OS X (10.5.1), 2GB Ram
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    Aug 17, 2008 7:56 PM (in response to botto)
    I had many issues with the SuperDrive on my MBP 2GHz Core Duo after doing a famed firmware update that seemed to have killed the drive's ability to burn. Many people have complained about this all over the boards. However, after not being able to burn for about 6 months I saw a post where someone used a lens cleaner on their drive with success.

    So, I purchased a Philips' DVD cleaner from Wally World (disc with two small brushes; no chemicals), ran it two or three times in a row, and suddenly all was well with my drive. I have a feeling the firmware update had made the drive less tolerant of dust and thus, caused the drive to fail to burn (or mount some previously burned media). Since then, I have used it with success on a G4 Mac Mini that wouldn't mount DVDs at all - all is well with it now.

    Now I run it about once a month and have not had any problems since.
    MBP 2GHz Core Duo, Mac OS X (10.4.10)
  • per4manz Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
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    Aug 22, 2008 9:15 AM (in response to botto)
    You're welcome. Glad I could help.
  • Peter Liao Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
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    Oct 1, 2008 3:25 PM (in response to botto)
    I recently had the same problem with my optical drive not recognizing DVD-R's. I purchased a SkipDR Any Lens Cleaner from Circuit City for $14.99. Seems to work fine.
    I'm hoping it will also fix the problem that I had prior to the drive ejecting blank DVD-R's. Verification of just written DVD-R's would often fail. Hopefully, it was due to the dirty lens.
    MacBookPro 15" 2.2GHz, Mac OS X (10.5.4)
  • defiant74205 Calculating status...
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    Oct 21, 2008 7:02 PM (in response to per4manz)
    I know it's two months later, but wanted to say thanks. My SuperDrive stopped mounting everything about a week ago. Tried everything short of disassembling the drive and manually cleaning the lens or buying a new SuperDrive. Bought the Philips lens cleaner and it's back.
    MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.5), 2.0GHz Yonah Core Duo, 320GB HDD, 2GB RAM

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