4 Replies Latest reply: Oct 16, 2012 11:10 AM by baltwo
trouble me Level 1 (105 points)

Is there any hardware test to see why an Apple Super Drive, and I use that term loosely, burns and reads CD's but not DVD's?

iMac, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2), 3 gb ram, 750gb hd
  • shldr2thewheel Level 7 (25,865 points)
  • trouble me Level 1 (105 points)

    I have ran the AHT and it give no indication that there is anything wrong with the Super Drive. Mine will read and write CD's all day long but if you put in a DVD of any sort it will just kick it out.

    Firmware Revision:          FM0S

      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

  • shldr2thewheel Level 7 (25,865 points)

    their is no other hardware test (at least that is available to the general public).

  • baltwo Level 9 (62,215 points)

    Zap the PRAM and Reset the SMC, then try again. If no go, then contact Apple Service, iMac Service or Apple's Express Lane. Do note that if you have AppleCare's protection plan and you're within 50 miles (80 KM) of an Apple repair station, you're eligible for onsite repair since yours is a desktop machine. At least in the US. You'll have to check for other countries.