4 Replies Latest reply: Jan 11, 2014 4:49 PM by Mr Pixel
Mr Pixel Level 2 Level 2 (425 points)

My iMac 2008 will not read or write to CD. It will to DVD tho. I have tried cleaning the lens, and redoing the firmware to no avail.

I find it difficult to understand why it will read and write DVD's but not CD's.


iMac 2.88 Ghz, Mac OS X (10.6.8), 6 GB of RAM
  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (120,655 points)

    Hello,

     

    It's easy for one or the other to quit working, they use different Lasers, voltages, & circuits.

  • Mr Pixel Level 2 Level 2 (425 points)

    I purchased a Samsung External writer and it doesn't work either. It did for awhile but not anylonger. I tried using the disk utility as well as Toast 11 Titanium........

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (120,655 points)

    Could be other things.

     

    Open Console in Utilities & see if there are any clues or repeating messages when this happens.

     

    Have you done a PRAM reset, CMD+Option+p+r...

     

    http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=2238

  • Mr Pixel Level 2 Level 2 (425 points)

    Here is what the console displays when I open the DVD and then click on the .VOB files.

     

    1/11/14 6:44:37.778 PM com.apple.launchd.peruser.501[212]: (com.hp.help.tocgenerator) Throttling respawn: Will start in 9 seconds

    1/11/14 6:44:46.500 PM com.apple.IconServicesAgent[278]: main Failed to composit image for binding VariantBinding [0x425] flags: 0x8 binding: FileInfoBinding [0x18b] - extension: pdf, UTI: com.adobe.pdf, fileType: ????.

    1/11/14 6:44:46.501 PM quicklookd[12300]: Warning: Cache image returned by the server has size range covering all valid image sizes. Binding: VariantBinding [0x203] flags: 0x8 binding: FileInfoBinding [0x103] - extension: pdf, UTI: com.adobe.pdf, fileType: ???? request size:48 scale: 1

    1/11/14 6:44:46.506 PM com.apple.IconServicesAgent[278]: main Failed to composit image for binding VariantBinding [0x2bf] flags: 0x8 binding: FileInfoBinding [0x351] - extension: TXT, UTI: public.plain-text, fileType: ????.

    1/11/14 6:44:46.506 PM quicklookd[12300]: Warning: Cache image returned by the server has size range covering all valid image sizes. Binding: VariantBinding [0x403] flags: 0x8 binding: FileInfoBinding [0x303] - extension: TXT, UTI: public.plain-text, fileType: ???? request size:48 scale: 1

    1/11/14 6:44:46.882 PM TOCGenerator[12301]: Can't open input server /Library/InputManagers/QuicKeysIM

    1/11/14 6:44:46.912 PM com.apple.launchd.peruser.501[212]: (com.hp.help.tocgenerator) Throttling respawn: Will start in 10 seconds

    1/11/14 6:44:48.286 PM com.apple.launchd.peruser.501[212]: (com.hp.help.tocgenerator) Throttling respawn: Will start in 9 seconds

    1/11/14 6:44:52.502 PM QuickLookUIHelper[12303]: Can't open input server /Library/InputManagers/QuicKeysIM

    1/11/14 6:44:56.453 PM VLC[12304]: Can't open input server /Library/InputManagers/QuicKeysIM

    1/11/14 6:44:57.436 PM TOCGenerator[12308]: Can't open input server /Library/InputManagers/QuicKeysIM

    1/11/14 6:44:57.587 PM com.apple.launchd.peruser.501[212]: (com.hp.help.tocgenerator) Throttling respawn: Will start in 10 seconds

    1/11/14 6:44:58.863 PM com.apple.launchd.peruser.501[212]: (com.hp.help.tocgenerator) Throttling respawn: Will start in 9 seconds

    1/11/14 6:45:07.966 PM TOCGenerator[12315]: Can't open input server /Library/InputManagers/QuicKeysIM

    1/11/14 6:45:08.115 PM com.apple.launchd.peruser.501[212]: (com.hp.help.tocgenerator) Throttling respawn: Will start in 10 seconds

    1/11/14 6:45:08.666 PM com.apple.launchd.peruser.501[212]: (com.hp.help.tocgenerator) Throttling respawn: Will start in 10 seconds

    1/11/14 6:45:18.766 PM TOCGenerator[12317]: Can't open input server /Library/InputManagers/QuicKeysIM

    1/11/14 6:45:18.930 PM com.apple.launchd.peruser.501[212]: (com.hp.help.tocgenerator) Throttling respawn: Will start in 10 seconds

    1/11/14 6:45:20.181 PM com.apple.launchd.peruser.501[212]: (com.hp.help.tocgenerator) Throttling respawn: Will start in 9 seconds

    1/11/14 6:45:29.340 PM TOCGenerator[12319]: Can't open input server /Library/InputManagers/QuicKeysIM

    1/11/14 6:45:29.375 PM com.apple.launchd.peruser.501[212]: (com.hp.help.tocgenerator) Throttling respawn: Will start in 10 seconds

    1/11/14 6:45:30.387 PM com.apple.launchd.peruser.501[212]: (com.hp.help.tocgenerator) Throttling respawn: Will start in 9 seconds

     

    Does this help at all? I don't know how to interpet thses things.

     

    Yes, I have zapped the PRAM and didn't help.