Model A1181: 1.83, 2, 2.1, 2.13, 2.16, 2.2, or 2.4 GHz Core 2 Duo processor

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Why is my optical drive in my MacBook making a grinding sound?

I have a Macbook with a 1.83GHz Intel core Duo processor and here is my problem:

When ever I insert a CD into the OPTICal DRIVE you can hear it start spinning the disk and then this horrible grinding or crunching sound occurs for a while and then (most of the time) it will eject the cd after a few seconds.

I inspect the disc and it perfectly fine. No scratches.

But "once in a blue moon" i will insert a disc And it will actually read it and start working... But 99% of the time it does not work.

Do i need a new optical drive or is there a way of fixing the problem without replacing it?

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I found others with the same problem but no fixes. Here's your most economical fix:

Here's the unsolved Apple thread if you want to subscribe to it:

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What i've decided to do is completely replace the optical drive myself and upgrade a few of the components like the memory and the hard drive. After doing some solid research on the subject this seems to be the best way to go.

Thanks :)


Here's how to install anew optical drive: MacBook Core 2 Duo Optical Drive Replacement

Here's a used replacement drive: MacBook/MacBook Pro 15" 8x SuperDrive

Here's a new one"


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