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Mid 2009 Model A1278 / 2.26 or 2.53 GHz Core 2 Duo processor EMC 2326

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Cant insert disk intoMacBookPro5,5 13" Intel Core 2 Duo 2.53Hhz

So here is the deal. my Macbook Pro 13" super drive wont accept disks. when i push one into the drive it pops right back out. Im sure there is some release type mechanism that is just not resetting.. before this happend sometimes it was difficult to get the disks out of the drive and i would need to restart the machine to get it to actually eject... I do have now the pro toolkit..

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Apple MacBook Pro "Core 2 Duo" 2.53 13" (SD/FW) Specs

Identifiers: Mid-2009 13" - MB991LL/A - MacBookPro5,5 - A1278 - 2326*

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Here's how to replace your defective optical drive: MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Mid 2009 Optical Drive Replacement

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Thanks yes i did read that already i was hoping for a way to fix just replace it. Although that might be my only option.

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Swampbug3, in my not-very-humble opinion, the slot loading optical drives are garbage; they are too small physically for the mechanical complexity to be reliable, and are the Achillies heel of any Mac they are used in. I have around ten different Macs ranging back to the Original Powerbook 100, and EVERY slot drive has crapped out on me; the only one that works is the one I replaced in my iMac recently, while I have about four tray drives ranging all the way back to a Powerbook 1700CS that still works like a charm.

I think it's about time us consumers pressured Apple into stopping degrading their great products with garbage drives!

Mayer is right; the only fix is to pay a hundred bucks, and spend many hours swapping out one garbage drive for a new garbage drive and hoping for the best. Personally I'm going with an external Firewire drive, NOT slot-loading!

My two bits worth...

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My last powerbook G4 optical drive lasted many years just had to replace the HD about 3 times over the 6 years i kept that running. I understand the part about the tray drives I though also have had tray drives go out on me that were in older G5 Desktops. Thank you for replying!

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When the disk is popping out like this the reader can't see the disk to ID it.

Have you tried cleaning the optical head? A blast of can'ed air might do the trick (be careful here! you don't want the liquid to come out when doing this and small short blasts are best here). Place the straw in the middle of the slot opening just past the felt baffle level with the drive.

You could also try a CD/DVD head cleaning CD/DVD (has a micro brush) if the air doesn't do the trick before you open the system up. Then try the air again when you can get inside one more time before replacing the drive.

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The disk will only go in about 3/4 of the way then the mechanism pushes it back out where normally it would suck it into the drive. but its not a mechanical push more like a spring loaded one. nothing clicks or moves that i can hear.. this all happens before the reader even gets the disk in the correct place. hmm.. Thank you

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So you don't hear the mounting/dismounting motor at all? Then, Mayer is correct the drive is gone.

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