Internal CD/DVD-drive does not read my DVDs

Apple Powerbook 15.2" notebook - powerpc...
January 12, 2014 at 13:50:03
Specs: Macintosh 10.5.8, 1.5Ghz/1GB
The CD/DVD-drive in my Apple Powerbook laptop is starting to not work right. It doesn't read the DVDs I put in. I did a backup from my iTunes on my desktop (Apple iMac) using Toast recording software. When I tried to add it to the laptop, the drive in the laptop was making unusual noises and for some reason when I tried to eject it, it gets stuck. I have an external CD-writer from LaCie (104522) and I'm unable to use it. The laptop doesn't recognize it.

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January 12, 2014 at 15:47:34
My limited knowledge re' Mac systems is mostly with the later Macbook Pro, and Mac Mini... But I have learnt that "some" external cd/dvd units won't work with "some" Apple/Mac OS - depending on which version of the OS is involved... Although currently there is greater range around that will (and also with Windows OS).

Possibly the LaCie is one that OS X 10.5.8 doesn't like...?

Replacing the internal on your power book looks a fairly straight forward job. But will require a little, time, - and patience...

This video gives is well produced "how to do it". Have to say (putting on my broadcast tv cap) that it's been well thought out and clearly demonstrates the whole process in a very professional way. Top marks to them...

Important items are to have the correct size screwdriver/torq driver etc. and a padded surface to lay the powerbook on.

Also note carefully which screw came from where... Especially as couple by the hinge are differnt lengths. I would suggest a sheet of thin card or stiff paper, and fix each screw (once removed) to that card/paper - in a postion that would approximate where it goes in the powerbook.bthat way you won't get konphused as to which goes where... And also may help avoid losing any?

If you take the powrrbook to Apple, they will likely charge their going rates... However they will also guarantee the new unit for whatever their usual period is.

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January 12, 2014 at 16:03:12
Incidentally when I use LaCie 104522 as a search string/term it doesn't show up anywhere (including inUK and USA LaCie sites). S that the correct model number? And per chance do you have serial number for your LaCie- they seem to sort etc. their kit that way within support...?

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