12 Replies Latest reply: Jun 1, 2012 7:34 AM by Windows user
pedronevescs Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Hello,

 

My superdrive does not work.

 

I have this mac:

Model Name:    MacBook Pro

  Model Identifier:    MacBookPro5,1

  Processor Name:    Intel Core 2 Duo

  Processor Speed:    2.53 GHz

  Number Of Processors:    1

  Total Number Of Cores:    2

  L2 Cache:    6 MB

  Memory:    8 GB

  Bus Speed:    1.07 GHz

  Boot ROM Version:    MBP51.007E.B05

  SMC Version (system):    1.33f8

  Serial Number (system): XXXX

  Hardware UUID:    0091861F-61DE-5811-ACC9-A3B19CB5B152

 

And this DVD drive (original):

 

MATSHITA DVD-R   UJ-868:

 

  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

 

Although, when I seach in Serial-Ata, I find this:

 

MATSHITADVD-R   UJ-868:

 

  Model:    MATSHITADVD-R   UJ-868                 

  Revision:    KB19   

  Serial Number:                dE0789F7

  Native Command Queuing:    No

  Detachable Drive:    No

  Power Off:    Yes

  Async Notification:    No

 

What does this supose to mean? Dies the superdrive connection a ATAPI conection or a Serial-ata conection? Anyone knows whick superdrive can I buy for my mac? It is a 5,1 macbook pro, 15'', 2.53, late 2008 (when I write the serial number in mac website to find the model).

 

Anyone can help me?

 

Many thanks in advance!

 

Pedro


MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • b j t Level 4 Level 4 (3,670 points)

    The only SuperDrive I can think of is the Apple MacBook Air SuperDrive

    { It is expensive, though }

  • Courcoul Level 6 Level 6 (12,220 points)

    Being that it is a 1st. generation unibody MBP out of warranty, you'll have to get service outside of official Apple channels to get it done at a competitive price. If you're not adverse to DIY, look at both www.powerbookmedic.com or www.ifixit.com for replacement parts.

  • pedronevescs Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    The problem is that I don't know what to look for: is it atapi? Serial-ATA? What kind of brands are compatible? Can you help me?

  • b j t Level 4 Level 4 (3,670 points)

    Your post says in the MATSHITA DVD-R   UJ-868: section on second row that it is: Interconnect:    ATAPI

  • pedronevescs Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Yes, but I also posted that, when I go to "about this mac", "more info", "harware", "Serial-ATA", it is also

    MATSHITADVD-R   UJ-868:

     

      Model:    MATSHITADVD-R   UJ-868                 

      Revision:    KB19   

      Serial Number:                dE0789F7

      Native Command Queuing:    No

      Detachable Drive:    No

      Power Off:    Yes

      Async Notification:    No

     

    So...

  • pedronevescs Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    One more thing: the superdrive works when I put a DVD or a CD. It recognize both. The problem is that it fails or gives error when it burns a DVD.

  • Courcoul Level 6 Level 6 (12,220 points)

    Ah, now we're moving forward. I take it that you have tried with different brands of media and with both DVD-R and DVD+R?  My old and now dead early 2008 MBP never failed to burn a Sony-branded DVD-R, but got a bad burn once every 3 or 4 Verbatim DVDs. And although DVD+Rs are supposed to be more resilient, it was always a crapshoot burning them with that Mac. Cleaning out the drive with one of those disk-mounted-brush type cleaners helped too.

     

    If you want to explore replacement options, plug your Mac's specs here and see what they offer:

     

    http://www.powerbookmedic.com/xcart1/home.php?cat=441

  • pedronevescs Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you for your help. Indeed I had many problems with Verbatin DVD (+ and -R). Although this started only some weeks ago, becase I usually used them with no problems. The problem in that I also used Targina, Memorex and other DVD and I had problems with them all since the superdrive began destroying the dvs...

  • CMCSK Level 6 Level 6 (10,580 points)

    pedronevescs wrote:

     

    One more thing: the superdrive works when I put a DVD or a CD. It recognize both. The problem is that it fails or gives error when it burns a DVD.

    What did the error state?

     

     

    Try a drive cleaner and the suggestions mentioned in the Apple Portables: Troubleshooting the slot load optical disc drive Apple article.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  • lucidmojo Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    Hi. I have the same MBP. last week, I wanted to edit some photos saved on a dvd and I popped it in and it just rejected it, and every CD I tried. Apple Genious said it was a "control arm" so a replacement was in order.
    after research, I found that the matshita labeled (apple shipping drive) has a history of failures. So I went about serching for an alternative.
    I found out that the hitachi, LG, Sony, etc etc, including matshita ( which should say matshitsu, but apple has it spelled the other way) is actually the same drive, branded differently.
    I ordered the sony version of this drive by carefully examining the specs and then looking at photos on iFixit. I studied the guides and made my choice on the sony because it was manufactured later ( June 2010) versus the matshita 2007 dates. I got the drive for 39$ including shipping, and in a few days It arrived from a new york seller.
    It should be noted that I needed to order a special tool kit, as the "apple specialty tool" is a parabellum ( star ) screwdriver. You will need this. THere is plenty online about this you will find it... I chose to look deep to get the parts because I like to save money, so the few hours were worth learning how to do it, and with a little common sense and organisation, it is a moderately easy repair and took me 40 minutes, including swapping out some ram memory from crucial ( 40$ ) and a good cleaning...
    the computer immediately recognized the new hardware and is running now. I am not sure about the performance of this replacement, it works... I havnt really been able to determine if it is faster or quieter now that I am being aware of it, but it did import those burned photos for me.
    I am no genius but I can tell you that it is challenging and nerve bending to work on it the first time, but what else can you do when the warranty is expired?

    Apple wanted 400 for the ram, 275 for the superdrive, and I did them both for less than 100 including buying the special tool kit.
    I bought a cheapo one and I would reccomend looking at a kit from an english seller, a 30 pc set for macbook.
    After looking around inside my MBP, id rather have all the tools I need to make future mods. Hello SSD drive, perhaps a giant TB in place of the optical drive, except that I still like to burn CDs. OWC has enclosures for your drive if you need to save it and it looks like a good alternative...and keep the options open for the use of my machiene for a few more years. Everything else is really great- I love my mac and I still love apple. I just wish It wasnt ridiculous for support - they could have the market for repairs if they kept it reasonable, but I suppose there are just too many people who will want to just not bother and will pay the price- and as long as there are, then they will still do it.
    not that its bad or anything, I love to support a company I love.
    I digress.
    look for a optical drive replacement in google and start there.
    in the bay, you will want one that is •serial ATA connected, dvdrw8x, and the other specs that are showing in your "about this mac- find your drive under serial ata.
    good luck

  • pedronevescs Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you so much for your help! Can you tell me please which model of duperdrive did you buy? And do you have the seller's link? Best regards and, onde more, thank you!

  • Windows user Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

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