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One possible solution for a non-functional SuperDrive Other Hardware
After some recent software updates, my SuperDrive simply stopped mounting DVDs. A Google search pointed (at last) to the solution: PatchBurn, "...a program that generates and installs so called device profiles for CD/DVD-burners". I downloaded that program, ran it, and rebooted. After that, my SuperDrive worked correctly.

[robg adds: PatchBurn is typically used to add support for third-party burners to OS X -- it's use in that context was covered in this hint. It's also been mentioned in a number of comments over the years. This is the first I've heard of it being used to repair a stock SuperDrive, however.]
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One possible solution for a non-functional SuperDrive
Authored by: Frederico on Nov 09, '06 10:18:22AM

Awesome. I thought it odd that my otherwise fully functional DVR-103 (Apple OEM) suddenly could not (reliably) mount or read disks that it had burned itself, which worked perfectly elsewhere; in a rush, I used Patchburn to add support for a DVR-109 in a Firewire case, and was going to swap it for the internal on my G4-500DP, but tried this hint instead. Perfect success.

Something in either the iTunes 7.x update or one of the pre-August security updates caused this.

I wonder how many non-dead early-generation Superdrives will be needlessly replaced over this issue.

To the original author: please report this to the other help sites, Macfixit, Macintouch, Xlr8yourmac, etc.



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One possible solution for a non-functional SuperDrive
Authored by: Bruno Grieco on Nov 09, '06 11:03:44AM

Useless,

Superdrive still ejects media it had written itself and it's readable on DVDs.
Haven't tried the advanced options on PatchBurn though.
But I'm not sure it can help the writer. DVD writers do have a shorter lifespan than CDs.



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One possible solution for a non-functional SuperDrive
Authored by: chko on Nov 09, '06 02:41:26PM
I had a problem with my Superdrive not wanting to read or write recordable media. I fixed it using the steps found in the link below:
http://bura-bura.com/blog/?p=548


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One possible solution for a non-functional SuperDrive
Authored by: hifi on Nov 11, '06 08:32:02PM

Patchburn adds burn support, and isn't even really necessary on Tiger. This is pure coincidence, patchburn is not going to fix a non functional drive.



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