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Fixing MacBookPro Superdrive

I have purchased my MacBookPro in October 2007, after 6 months my optical drive was so picky in reading or writing DVDs and CDs, and after few months, it was able to read originals only.

I tried everything from updating the firmware or flashing it to restore its original firmware, but no luck, until yesterday when i had to format and install the OS from scratch, but to my surprise it wasn’t able to read the Original MacOS DVD.

I Googled once again about the cuase of this, and found some results referring to cleaning the lens,

I followed this tutorial to disassmble the laptop :

http://www.ifixit.com/Guide/Repair/MacBook-Pro-15-Inch-Core-2-Duo-2-16-2-33-GHz-Optical-Drive-Replacement/461/1

and this one to disassmble the optical drive and clean the lens with benzene,

http://muzso.hu/2008/08/17/how-to-clean-the-lens-of-a-slot-loading-optical-drive-a-macbook-pros-superdrive

In 1 hour i had my superdrive working as brand new one and saved me from buying a new one 🙂 , i know many who face the same problem with the optical drive, this was a nice way to have it back.