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Macbook 13" 2008 model - DVD Drive not working


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#1 Habesque

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Posted 08 June 2015 - 12:26 PM

Put a DVD in it clunks, whirrs and then spits the disc out again and in Mac OS the drive has a yellow and black circle next to it, what's going on?

 

It's been two years since I last had a Mac.

 

 

 

Also will the optical drive of a 2010 MacBook Pro fit the earlier Macbook ?



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Posted 09 June 2015 - 08:45 PM

Hey Habesque,

 

Can you post a picture of the "yellow and black symbol?"

 

Edit: In reference to your second question, the optical drives should be the same size (the product spec pages that apple provides lead me to believe they are the same), but I'm not sure if the cabling changed during those models. So...I don't know at the moment, but I'll try to do some more digging.


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Posted 10 June 2015 - 02:00 AM

Erm yes ;

 

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Posted 11 June 2015 - 06:13 PM

Hi Habesque,

 

The yellow and black symbol indicates that the drive is unable to read the disk. Are you unable to play other disks as well or only the one? If this occurs with multiple disks, it's possible that the optical drive needs servicing/replacing.

 

And to make sure I'm looking at the right optical drive specs, can you post the two macs' serial numbers? Here's a page on where to find them.



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Posted 15 June 2015 - 06:33 AM

Thing is, there's no disc in the drive and that symbol is there all the time along with the report '' Untitled DVD '', but the  serial number is W88141L50P0.

 

 

Now I don't know if the following has any bearing on the issue, but when I got the machine, it had no hard drive in it, so I put the hard drive out my dead 2010 13" Macbook Pro in it, where of course the hard drive has Snow Leopard and all my software that was on the pro before I tipped a glass on wine in it.

 

And no disc changes the report or works be it CD, DVD or anything I have burned to disc.

 

But the MBP the HDD came out of was model No. A12/8, serial number unknown.


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Posted 16 June 2015 - 03:44 AM

The same thing happened to my early 2008 MBPs SD. Basically, it died. 

Click on the folder, hold, move it off the Finder window and release. Restart your Mac to see if it shows up again.



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Posted 17 June 2015 - 09:34 AM

Another reason to change the drive out if it's screwed and even if it's not is it's a combodrive that's in the Macbook, not a Superdrive, where a Combodrive doesn't burn DVD's where the Superdrive does.

 

 

So of part numbers to compare the two drives I would need the part number for 2.4ghz version of the early 2008 Macbook I have to compare against the 2010 13" Macbook Pro, where ideally I don't want to take the drive out to check the physical as my next ploy is to find a dead MBP and try and fix the thing.



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Posted 17 June 2015 - 05:40 PM

I may be wrong here but, I think the 2008 uses the PATA drive while the 2010 models uses the SATA drives. You can buy used or new SDs from ifixit and macsales. They have installation instructions too.



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Posted 22 June 2015 - 07:47 PM

There's another possible reason why it doesn't work and that is the HDD I put in the ' 08 Macbook was from a 2010 Macbook Pro of which had  a Superdrive where the '08 machine has a Combodrive, so the possibility exists that I don't have the Combodrive drivers.

 

How would I go about finding and installing Combodrive drivers or should they already be in Snow Leopard, bearing in mind '08 SL could be a different built to the later SL?



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Posted 22 June 2015 - 11:39 PM

Try with this ...

1. Open Disk Utilites
2. Click on your Hard drive partition "Macintosh (or what ever you renamed yours too)"
3. Click on the *Repoir Disk Permissions* button



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Posted 26 June 2015 - 04:34 PM

Thank you Natalie, but I have already been there on that to no avail.






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