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I have been unable to find any solution and cannot believe I am the only one with this problem. My Pioneer 111D superdrive was functioning fine until one day it suddenly stopped reading CDs. No problem with DVDs. I figure the drive was failing and I purchased a brand new Pioneer 112D superdrive but, the problem still persists. It's brand new but cannot read or mount or recognize CDs. It simply spits them back out after about 30 seconds. At this point my Mac G4 cannot read a CD.

I am using OS 10.4.10 I have done PatchBurn, I have tried deleting certain preference files, restarted each time and no difference. I cannot see any indications in my crash logs. I have checked the cable connections, tried all kinds of CDs that it used to read. I don't want to reinstall the system as my machine works fine other than the superdrive problem.

Has anybody heard of this or know of any solutions?

PIONEER DVD-RW DVR-112D:

Firmware Revision: 1.06
Interconnect: ATAPI
Burn Support: Yes (Vendor Supported)
Profile Path: /Library/DiscRecording/DeviceProfiles/PatchBurn-pioneerdvdrwdvr112d.drprofile
Cache: 2000 KB
Reads DVD: Yes
CD-Write: -R, -RW
DVD-Write: -R, -RW, +R, +RW, +R DL
Burn Underrun Protection CD: Yes
Burn Underrun Protection DVD: Yes
Write Strategies: CD-TAO, CD-SAO, CD-Raw, DVD-DAO
Media: No
 

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First try zapping the PRAM. To do this hold down "Apple-option-p-r" key combination during the boot. Wait until you hear the start-up chimes 3 or 4 times, then release the keys.

Next; Try creating a new user profile and see if the drives recognizes CDs from that profile. If problem persists it would be worth backing up; reformatting the HD and starting completely from scratch. If your system disks are DVD this should not be a problem otherwise you may have to set up your computer as a Target drive and use a second similar Mac to read the disks. This is a lot of work, which is one reason we suggest periodic cloning of your HD to an external. If you can go back 2 or 3 months to a known good system you can save the trouble of having to reininstall and update third party applications not to mention all the System and Security Updates.
 

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Thanks for the suggestions. I zapped the PRAM and created a new user and still not CD reading. There is only one thing left and that is to reinstall the system. Yuk!
 

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Found the problem. The computer store sold me a faulty superdrive. I took it back for a replacement and the new one works just fine. Moral of the story... just because something is brand new, doesn't mean it works!

Now, if only I could recoup my hours of lost productivity. Grrr!
 
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