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#1 of 8 OFFLINE   Cameron Yee

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Posted January 13 2011 - 05:53 PM

I don't know what it is about some commercially pressed DVDs, but sometimes my Superdrive won't load them. Any ideas why?


At one point I thought it was the difference between more mainstream and independent releases, but that doesn't seem to hold up consistently either.



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#2 of 8 ONLINE   Sam Posten

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Posted January 14 2011 - 01:20 AM

I've never had a single disk mine couldn't load.  Have you tried blowing it out with compressed air?  It may have a physical defect that requires a trip to the genius bar if there are specific disks that it consistently won't read.


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#3 of 8 OFFLINE   Cameron Yee

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Posted January 14 2011 - 03:41 AM

This is happening on a brand new iMac. I also had similar issues on a first generation Macbook.


In both cases they are slot load drives. On an external DVD-RW with a tray I rarely, if ever, have such issues.


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Posted January 14 2011 - 08:14 AM

Stop licking your disks!


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#5 of 8 OFFLINE   Cameron Yee

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Posted January 14 2011 - 08:34 AM

Try saying that three times fast!


Or on second thought..


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Posted January 15 2011 - 02:11 PM

Contact AppleCare about a faulty drive and have them replace it?



#7 of 8 OFFLINE   Cameron Yee

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Posted January 15 2011 - 03:01 PM

Well, it's more than hit than miss, so I can't really make a compelling case for replacement. Maybe I should stop watching such weird stuff. :D


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Posted January 16 2011 - 03:49 AM

If it doesn't play commercial disks, it's broken (to me). I've not play a great many DVDs on my Mac, but I've done 7 seasons of "24" and a variety of movies without issue. I'd call AppleCare (or go to the store) with a couple disks, show the problem, and ask for a solution.


Now, you might also google the disks you're having problems with and see if it's a known problem. And if there's a workaround.