Not able to read most dvd's

termite68

Registered
I am not able to load many of my dvd's. Some work fine and some work sometimes. It is always hit or miss, but very frustrating.

1.25 PowerPC G4
OSX 10.2.8
 

MisterMe

Registered
termite68 said:
I am not able to load many of my dvd's. Some work fine and some work sometimes. It is always hit or miss, but very frustrating.

1.25 PowerPC G4
OSX 10.2.8
Commercial DVD's or DVD's that you burned yourself?
 

Veljo

Mac Enthusiast
What operating system are you using? Give Apple's DVD Player 4.6.1 update a shot; I've heard that some people with DVD reading problems have found this update a miracle.
 

Shookster

Registered
Sounds like your drive is screwed. I had exactly the same problem on my Windows laptop. Some discs would work fine, some wouldn't work at all and some would work fine for a while before refusing to work.

The "solution" to my particular problem involved pressing down on a certain part of the drive's outer bezel whilst it read the disc. I think the laser wasn't lined up properly or something like that.

My advice would be to get a new drive.

Btw, if you have 10.2.8, I'm not certain if you are eligible for the 4.6.1 DVD player upgrade. That wouldn't solve the DVD-ROM problem anyway.
 

ElDiabloConCaca

U.S.D.A. Prime
A good reset of the PRAM and NVRAM may help in this situation, and maybe even reset the CUDA switch on the motherboard -- those seem to help in times of seemingly dead FireWire ports and may help here.
 

termite68

Registered
no joy resetting the PRAM and NVRAM. Searched some other places and seems to be a consistent problem with the Superdrives. Tons of people reporting the same problem. Apparently Apple has no interest in resolving the problem.
 

ElDiabloConCaca

U.S.D.A. Prime
Apple has "fessed up" to pretty much all of their blunders (iPod batteries, iBook batteries, iBook logic boards, G3-OS X settlement), but it does take time. If this problem is truly common and widespread, then Apple will no doubt address and rectify the issue.

It takes time to gather defective units, test the defect, prepare a fix, and deploy a repair plan, and sometimes it takes a really long time if the problem is elusive.

I would give the PMU reset a shot, but it is a risky operation in some people's opinion:
http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=14449
 
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