Macbook Quick Fix

Thought I would share a solution to a problem I recently encountered with my Macbook. The issue I had was that the disc drive (or superdrive, as they call it) wouldn’t hold CDs. It would accept them for about ten seconds and then eject them again. I trawled forums for a quite a while and most of them seemed pretty negative, suggesting that the drive would need to be replaced etc., until I found the following advice and it worked.

Open System Preferences, under the CDs and DVDs pane, change a couple of the options as to how the computer should react when you put in a disc.

And that’s it. A ridiculously easy fix, but it worked for me. Hopefully, something this simple will work for you too! Of course, there’s no guarantee, but good luck!

All In The Clear

Good News!

So it turns out reinstalling Snow Leopard from the install dvd does have a hidden ‘archive and install’ and it goes one better, literally returning your mac to the exact working condition it was in prior to the reinstall. This is of course a massive relief and worth mentioning for anyone else having the same problem. Therefore, my answer to anyone suffering a seemingly incurable Kernel Panic is:

Boot from the install DVD (hold ‘alt’ as the computer starts up and select the disc drive to boot from) For the record, I was actually using the upgrade Snow Leopard disc – the £25 version.

Follow through all steps without changing settings on the ‘customisation’ tab.

Wait about an hour while it installs etc.

Restart and it should automatically boot from the hard drive now. With a bit of luck your computer will be restored to it’s working state. This was my solution, I hope it works for you if you are unfortunate enough to suffer a similar experience. If it doesn’t and you lose everything – I can’t take any responsibility! Have fun with your macs.