View Full Version : CDRW / DVD drive problems

14th November 2008, 12:07 PM
I realise that the problem below is more than likely going to result in the need for a new drive, but I thought Id ask if anyone has any other ideas before replacing it.

The computer is a 1st or 2nd Gen White 13 macbook with a CDRW / DVD combo drive running Leopard

What is wrong?
When I insert a CD into the drive it takes minutes to read the data / appear on the desktop
Makes a normal noise of a drive reading data, but it just takes forever.
Import of a audio CD to itunes was taking about 5 minutes a song
It does not seem to read all CDs, about half

Any Ideas other than the obvious (the drive is stuffed)?


14th November 2008, 12:42 PM
Are these retail discs you are talking about or ones you have burnt yourself in either this MacBook or something else ?
The reason I ask is that maybe you are using cheap and nasty blank discs.
Or , how much free space do you have on your hard drive.
I had a problem a while back where if I booted up from my second ( 60Gb ) hard drive a USB stick or disc would not appear on the desktop.
It turned out I only had about 5Gb free space left and OSX was struggling.
I had duplicated some large files accidentally .


14th November 2008, 08:26 PM
Thanks for the info, The HD has about 50GB available and the CDs are all bought music CDs - so yeah, that shouldn't be a problem