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SuperDrive CD/DVD not in Finder or Disk Utility

 
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 04, 2012 2:29 pm    Post subject: SuperDrive CD/DVD not in Finder or Disk Utility Reply with quote

Hello,

I have a 2007 Mac Mini MB139A/B 2.0GHz with SuperDrive.

The SuperDrive does not show in the Finder or Disk Utility. It has power and starts spinning.

I put a second HDD PATA<>SATA caddy in and this too is not seen. It has power and starts spinning.

I have reset everything you can with unplugging the power... taking out the battery... and restarting with Command+Option+P+R. Nothing helps.

I would like to know, would the issue be the Logic Board or could it be the connect card (Apple 820-1925-A) - or is there anything else I can try?

Thanks so much!!!!

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 04, 2012 4:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sounds like a bad drive controller card
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 04, 2012 6:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Where is that kept? The Mac Mini seems to have few parts...

But the main HDD works fine - just the optical drive.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 04, 2012 11:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

the drive controller card is the card that the cd drive and the hard drive connect to when the card malfunctions the cd drive stops working or the hard drive stops working now for the bad part apple doesn't sell just the card you have to purchase the card and the tray that everything sits in
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 05, 2012 9:50 am    Post subject: Re: SuperDrive CD/DVD not in Finder or Disk Utility Reply with quote

Sciamo wrote:
Hello,

I have a 2007 Mac Mini MB139A/B 2.0GHz with SuperDrive.

The SuperDrive does not show in the Finder or Disk Utility. It has power and starts spinning.

I put a second HDD PATA<>SATA caddy in and this too is not seen. It has power and starts spinning.

I have reset everything you can with unplugging the power... taking out the battery... and restarting with Command+Option+P+R. Nothing helps.

I would like to know, would the issue be the Logic Board or could it be the connect card (Apple 820-1925-A) - or is there anything else I can try?

Thanks so much!!!!

Sciamo



is the second dvd player you tested correct. is it an apple player?

if you are certain the dvd player is good then the connect card is bad.



http://guide-images.ifixit.net/igi/vcJ6EwqO6hiOIj6m.huge


this is a photo of the card part number is 820-1925-a as you said.


ebay has that part some times but I would just buy an external player.


this works but is over priced

http://www.macpartsonline.com/922-7320-interconnect-board-mac-mini-early-late-2006-mid-2007.html


this is a much better seller with better prices

http://www.powerbookmedic.com/Mac-Mini-Interconnect-Board-p-17439.html



I think the problem is in the card but if where my machine paying 30 for a new card or paying for an external player case

http://www.amazon.com/HDE-External-DVD-PATA-Enclosure/dp/B006GQLHU4 this may be the better choice.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 06, 2012 3:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes defo all else working.

Thanks so much - will have a look over here in the UK to see if anyplace has it.

Cheers!
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 06, 2012 7:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sciamo wrote:
Yes defo all else working.

Thanks so much - will have a look over here in the UK to see if anyplace has it.

Cheers!

Cartainly cheapest/best option will be to go for an external USB DVD-Writer. Pretty much any of these should work - from Amazon UK:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/tag/external%20dvd%20writer/products
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 07, 2012 3:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That wouldn't really work for my plans - I have replaced the drive with a SSD and I needed the optical bay for a second HDD (I already have the caddy) for the virtual memory to be based.

Using it as a media server.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 09, 2012 5:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Replaced with a new interconnect board. Still doesn't work Sad
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 12, 2012 6:59 pm    Post subject: Satchmo's Horn has no Sound Reply with quote

Sciamo, I had a similar problem to you a while back.
I had replaced the Interconnect Board like you and
everything was fine..........for a while. I replaced the
Interconnect Board a second time and it worked
intermittently. It was the Logic Board (Mother Board)
that was failing. I also had a secondary problem.
The Apple Sound Board also didn't work buy I
didn't know it because I use an External USB
Sound Card. Is your sound working? When you
boot do you get the Startup Chime?
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 13, 2012 3:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Heya,

Yes the sound works very well. The optical drive gets power as well. It just doesn't show in the Finder or in Disk Utility. When I put the second HDD caddy in, the same thing happens.

There is no cheap solution to the logic board is there?

In the end, this system is going to be used to access a firewire HDD to stream through iTunes to Apple TV. I've spent quite a lot of time going through all my DVDs and ripping them. Have a few Bond films left and then I'm done. I suppose in the end it isn't worth spending a lot of money on.

Thanks!

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 13, 2012 3:51 am    Post subject: Logic Board Reply with quote

Yes, it sounds like your Logic Boards better days
are behind it. One day soon it probably won't boot.
Have a plan "B" ready. These Macs with laptop
components just don't last forever like Desktop
Macs (and PC's) do. I put my old Mac mini out to
pasture not to long ago. I don't miss it, these
newer Macs are much faster. You won't miss yours!
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