9 Replies Latest reply: Aug 18, 2011 9:42 AM by paulmc_rules
paulmc_rules Level 1 (0 points)

Hi, I have been searching all day over forums and google trying to solve this problem but had no luck.


Using the EAC burning guide from the Wiki articles I burnt several audio CDs on my windows vista laptop. Everything seemed to go fine in the burning process. All the CDs work fine with all my cd players as well as my slightly old iMac and other Windows computers. However, when I insert the CDs into my MacBook Pro they are recognised as blank CDs. The strange thing is, is that my MacBook Pro will recognise consumer CDs from the shops without any hassle.


I've tried two different disks (maxwell cd-r and a blank non-branded cd-r) so I think we can eliminate any media problems.


It could be a problem with the burning process but then why would it work on all of those other platforms including another Mac?


I have tried re-installing older versions of iTunes, same result. My MacBook Pro is currently up-to-date too. Also to add that I have made audio CDs on this MacBook Pro using both Toast and WaveBurner that play fine.


Does anyone have any ideas, I think it is likely to be a problem with my MacBook Pro settings but would not know where to start?


My MacBook Pro Specifications:

  Model Name:     MacBook Pro

  Model Identifier:     MacBookPro5,3

  Processor Name:     Intel Core 2 Duo

  Processor Speed:     3.06 GHz

  Number Of Processors:     1

  Total Number Of Cores:     2

  L2 Cache:     6 MB

  Memory:     4 GB

  Bus Speed:     1.07 GHz

  Boot ROM Version:     MBP53.00AC.B03

  SMC Version (system):     1.48f2


Drive Specifications:


  Firmware Revision:     KB19

  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, DVD-DAO


  Type:     CD-R

  Blank:     Yes

  Erasable:     No

  Overwritable:     Yes

  Appendable:     Yes

  Write Speeds:     8x, 24x


iTunes 10.4

MacBook Pro 15" & iMac 24", Mac OS X (10.6.2)
  • Sonicray Level 4 (1,470 points)

    The main problem with Matsushita drives (AKA: Panasonic) is that IF the color dye on the CD/DVD is too light it might not read it correctly and it will think that it is empty... You should try other brands... (That happened to me in the past)

  • paulmc_rules Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks Sonicray, that is exactly the problem. I found an old CDRW, copied one of the audio disks and tested it on my Mac, works perfectly. So what brands would you recommend, Sony a good choice?

  • paulmc_rules Level 1 (0 points)

    I did a few tests with some old cdrs I burnt from iTunes.


    The following disks worked fine:

    • Phillips
    • Sony
    • Tesco
    • Wh Smiths


    The following disks failed:

    • Maxell
    • Memorex


    I went for Philips in the end seeing as the CDRW that worked was Philips.

  • Sonicray Level 4 (1,470 points)

    The brands that have worked well with all my Macs are:   

    //   ( – Sadly, they all have Matsushita drives – )



    > Memorex Black Label (the color dye is black)

    > Kodak Gold

    > FujiFilm ( "made in Japan" , the ones made in Taiwan don't seem to have the same build)

    > TDK Armor Plated

    > Verbatim DataLifePlus



    80% of the time I get the TDK brand... I haven't had any problems with Phillips and Sony either...

  • paulmc_rules Level 1 (0 points)

    That's helpful. What about your experience with DVDs, I only watch DVDs on TV but could be helpful in the future as I will have to burn some DVDs with 5.1 surround sound.

  • Sonicray Level 4 (1,470 points)

    Oh Sorry, those on the list were both DVDs and CDs...


    For blank DVD: TDK, Phillips, FujiFilm 

    (Verbatim, Kodak and Sony are a little too expensive, so I only buy them when they are on sale )


    If you want to keep your DVDs for a very long time then you might want to invest on the Kodak Gold (100 year life) and the TDK Armor Plated DVDs...


    I have a few of the Kodak Gold that are about 10 years old now and they look brand new. Other brands like Maxell only lasted about 2-5 years max (the dye "falls off" or changes color)

  • paulmc_rules Level 1 (0 points)

    I had my drive replaced yesterday and they all work now

  • Sonicray Level 4 (1,470 points)

    Awesome! could you tell me what drive model did they use?

  • paulmc_rules Level 1 (0 points)



      Firmware Revision:    SB03

      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