Is your MacBook Pro or Air failing to burn CDRoms or DVDs and giving you this error message?
Well, it could be that your drive is failing – requiring an expensive replacement.
Or it could be that it needs a bit of old-fashioned TLC.
Before you give up and take it back to the Apple store, try this simple trick:
1) Get a credit card and a fine, lint-free cloth – ideally the same as the cleaning cloth that you get with your eye glasses from the optician
2) Fold the cloth over the short edge of the credit card and smooth it out so there’s no lumps or bunches
3) Gently insert into the CD/DVD slot and move from side to side and in and out an inch or so (concentrating on the left side where the laser lives)
4) Remove and try to burn a DVD or CDRom
If the laser lens is dirty it seems that the software will return the ‘failed to calibrate the laser power level’ message. After all, it can hardly say ‘Hey, I think there’s some dust built up there over the last 3 years dude, give it a waggle with a credit card and cloth…’
Well, it worked for me – hope it does for you.