MacBook Pro Superdrive Won’t Load Disc — Weird Solution

A service post; maybe Googlers will find it. I had this problem a while back on my late-2010 MacBook Pro. I’d insert a disc and it wouldn’t recognize there was anything to load. None of the fixes I found in online forums did the trick. One day it suddenly fixed itself on its own. Or, more specifically, something I did made the Superdrive function again.

Well it’s been malfunctioning for a couple months now and I couldn’t figure out why. Then I did this:

  1. I wanted to make sure a Firefox Add-on was working properly, so I did Tools > Add-ons and they opened in a new tab.
  2. I noticed a number of my add-ons were waiting for a Firefox restart.
  3. I clicked “Restart Firefox”.
  4. I heard my Superdrive make a little whir, as though it had just ejected a disc.
  5. Excited but incredulous, I put in a DVD and it played immediately.

So maybe try restarting Firefox through your Add-ons tab and see if it helps? For what it’s worth, here are the Add-ons I use:

  • Adblock Plus
  • BarTab Lite
  • Coupons at Checkout
  • DoNotTrackMe
  • Download Status Bar
  • DuckDuckGo Plus
  • feedly
  • Flash Video Downloader
  • Flashblock
  • Greasemonkey
  • Xmarks

Why do I feel as though I’ve just shown you my underwear drawer?

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