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Cd burn error apple mac mini

I picked up a mac mini g4 with superdrive. I have another mini with cd drive. The superdrive mini can't burn a cd. I get an error message "laser cannot calibrate". I have used a cd drive cleaner cd (small brushes clean laser surface). I have blown air into the slot. I have re-installed OS 10.4 The blank CD is a Maxell. I have burned the same CD that was rejected by the superdrive mini on the other mini. The drives are called "matshita".

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Did you use the same Maxell blank CD's in the other mini?
If so, it sounds like your drive may be failing/failed. Try another brand of CD in the superdrive just in case. I have found that drives that are beginning to fail will have problems with some brands but not others. Sometimes they'll go totally dead a while after that point, others will still be ok with another brand that they "like" more.

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