12 Replies Latest reply: Jan 12, 2012 4:23 PM by VCudnik
Chris_G92 Level 1 Level 1

i have a mac and the cd drive wont take any cd's 

Mac Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.3)
  • Stress Test Level 4 Level 4

    Could you insert the CD and the computer removes it immediately? Works with DVDs?

  • steve2012 Level 1 Level 1

    maybe u need update Firmware or buy a new cd dvd drive!

  • Michael Cottrell Level 2 Level 2

    Mine doing the same thing. After I updated to Lion it spits out software DVDs but accepts Music CDs.

  • rajsohal Level 1 Level 1

    having similar issue after upgrading to Lion, the CD drive won't work and now i have a CD stuck inside the drive.


    wish hadn't upgrade to Lion.

  • Davejprn Level 1 Level 1

    I have the same problem with i Mac not accepting CD.  Clicks several times and ejects the CD.  We have a Mac Book with Lion and do not have this problem.

  • thomasfromgatineau Level 1 Level 1

    I also have problems with blank CD's that I would like to burn MP3 too. CD drives recognises music cd's and the dvd player and burner work fine but when I insert a balnk CD it spins and spits it out.

    I did not have this problem before I upgraed to lion. Have you found a solution?



    21.5-inch, Late 2009

    Memory  4 GB 1067 MHz DDR3

    Graphics  ATI Radeon HD 4670 256 MB

    Software  Mac OS X Lion 10.7.2 (11C74)




      Firmware Revision:          JA18

      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:          To show the available burn speeds, insert a disc and choose View > Refresh

  • judithfromdover Level 1 Level 1

    hi there. i have an iMAC 27 and when i put a dvd in it just wont recognize it at all.  Do i have do download anything else to make it work?  ive only had the computer a week

  • Allan Jones Level 7 Level 7
    ive only had the computer a week


    Take it back for service or exchange

  • VCudnik Level 1 Level 1

    Sure wish there was a solution other than buying an external burner. One of the reasons I have an iMac is so that I don't have to have a bunch of peripherals hooked to it. Grrrr.


    This is a fairly well-documented problem. Either the HL-DT-ST DVDRW GA11N drives are LEMONS or there is a software problem. Too many people have similar problems.


    I replaced my SuperDrive with a new one and still can't read or write CDs. I *can* read and write DVDs though. I know the drive worked fine up until mid-summer, some time about then it stopped. I can't help but wonder if there was some sort of system update that broke it, especially since the new drive has the same problem.


    I can't begin to express how frustrating this is! Really, Apple?

  • donnafrommoval Level 1 Level 1

    Did this get resolved.  I have an iMAC and it reads DVDs fine, but no longer recognizes CDs at all.

  • thomasfromgatineau Level 1 Level 1

    Not that I am aware of, I now to use my pc laptop for burning music cd's it's a bit disappointing on a machine only a couple of years old

  • VCudnik Level 1 Level 1

    Nope. I got out an external burner I had on a shelf (bought used at a garage sale for $10) and am using it. PITA, but I already replaced the drive.


    Don't expect Apple to either monitor this board or offer suggestions for fixes. Their solution to everything is to take it to the Apple store and have new hardware put in.


    That said, this is the first hardware failure I've had on a Mac in 25 years. I've replaced just about everything on our windows machines at one time or another (hard drives, fans, video cards, disc drives, cd/dvd burners).