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Disc drive ejects blank discs...plays dvds

I can't burn anything. When I insert the blank disc and I have tried several different kinds...it ejects the disc and states that it is waiting for a disc to be inserted. It will not recognize the disc inserted. I have tried a variety of programs for burning and the same thing happens. It will play a dvd. I don't have a program disc to try. I can hear the drive spinning the disc before ejecting it.

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  • vstoughline Dec 22, 2008

    ok...I tried to put that info in right after but it must have gone some where else...ooops. Here it is:

    I have a MAC Powerbook G4
    The drive is Matshita DVD-R UJ-835E
    The revision is GAND
    It can write to CD -r -rw and DVD -r -rw +r +rw

    it ejects everything but DVD movies. It wont read back up discs or burn them instead it ejects them. I can hear the drive every time I insert the discs a few seconds later it comes out.

    Thank you ; )


  • Sean Cole
    Sean Cole May 11, 2010

    Hi There,

    Damn frustrating isnt it! A few things I need to check before ploughing into a prognosis.


    1. What mac have you got?

    2. What drive is it? (You can check this by going to the Apple symbol in the top left, selecting 'AboutThisMac' then click 'MoreInfo...' and goto to Hardware>DiscBurning. It will tell you the drive model, firmware revision and what it can write to.

    3. Have you got a disc you have burnt (cd or dvd) on another drive that you are able to play in the machine.
    Once you have collated all that we can take it from there.

    All the best
    Sean
    PiDigital


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Hi Again,

Sorry I didn't get back to you sooner. Work!

You need to let me know what type of PowerBook G4 it is as the instructions for each are different. However, what I will do is give you the links to the appropriate sites and some instructions for them:

  1. First you need to reset the Power Management Unit (PMU). To do this refer to THIS page. A little way down is a heading 'PowerBook and iBook models covered in this document'. Select the model listed in blue below this which will take you lower down the page to the instructions for your model.
  2. After restarting try your drive again. If it doesn't work, try a dvd drive cleaning disc.
  3. If it still doesn't work your drive is Kaput! If you're near Kent in the UK then I can help you out. If not find a local Apple Specialist who can replace the drive for you.
All the best
Sean

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