About a month ago I purchased my Macbook. It is a fantastic machine and the best computer I have ever owned. Never had an issue with it until last night in fact.
I had a bunch of CD’s that I hadn’t gotten around to ripping yet. So last night I started work on on ripping them. I quickly ran into issues. CD’s with no scratches at all were getting hung up, causing the Superdrive to spin up and spin down constantly. In fact, they would get so hung up that I would have to Force Quit Max and then repeatedly hit the eject key until the CD would come out.
Thinking it might be the application, I rebooted and then tried to rip via iTunes. Same issue on the same spot on the CD.
So I tried a couple other CD’s, all experiencing the same issue. I then went to my Windows laptop and ripped them 100% with no errors or problems. Then I remembered that I had ripped these on my old iMac with no issues as well.
So I did some research on the Apple forums and found a lot of other people experiencing the same issue. My Superdrive is extremely loud when inserting/ejecting CD’s, makes a lot of rattling noises when using CD’s, and the infamous spin-up/spin-down issue when trying to rip certain CD’s.
Even worse, there are some reports of the Superdrive actually damaging discs, putting round rings on the bottom of the CD after use. Come to think of it, I have several CD’s that I remember looking at after use and wondering how they became so scratched up or where the rings came from, as I am extremely careful when it comes to handling CD’s.
It looks like it could be some type of alignment issue with the CD drive.
I have scheduled a Genius Bar appointment for after work and hopefully will get a replacement Macbook like some others who are experiencing this problem. Perhaps I will luck out and get a Macbook that is a little cooler then mine (which gets fairly warm, but not burning hot).