My other 1/2 has a 2 year old macbook. Recently she has had problems getting it to recognise discs she has burnt herself. A macstore suggested getting a cleaning disc & blew some air in - this helped for a few minutes............then back to square one. We have 2 newfoundlands, so there is a fair bit of dust & fur about, but she is obsessive about keeping it clean & it's stored in a zip-up bag. It is occsaionally used in bed - the duvet means the back gets pretty hot, but it's never malfunctioned at the time.
The next course of action suggested at the macstore was a new disc drive at around £250!!!!!! or an external one (much cheaper I think, but less portable). Does the STW massive have any other ideas? Is this a common problem as I am thinking of getting an Imac for home?
If I do decide to get an Imac I seem to recall that apple have a wednesday sale of opened box goods. I can't find it, if anyone can point me in the right direction I would be grateful.