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The essence of simplicity. There's no separate power adapter, and it works whether your Mac is plugged in or running on battery power. Technical Specification. Subscribe to our newsletter Whether you're a corporate or single buyer, we have unmissable deals to send directly to your inbox.
Thank you soo much!! I registered here just to post this comment. I meant to put the link in and simply forgot. Many thanks for figuring this out! I use VLC, but I find that it doesn't update the screen as smoothly as possible. It also stutters a bit too much, especially after being paused. It shows up only when connected directly to mini, not when connected to a hub. It plays DVDs just fine, connected directly and via a hub.
U suspect burning, especially at higher speeds will require more than mA. Has anybody tried that out? It works under Mountain Lion too. I installed Mountain Lion two days after release on the SSD and typed in the above command on terminal the first time I have done something like this. There are limitations, though. I can read the disks as data files. Thanks again for the help!!! I have installed the current version of VLC player 2.
How is this reversed? Specifically, I am planning to reinstall my superdrive back in its original home. Is there anything that I need to do aside from physically reinstalling the drive? Having picked one up today I can confirm that the techniques detailed above will still work for drives shipping in the new box.
My guess is that Apple made these cheap to placate Air owners from complaining about the lack of an optical drive, this providing a cheap fix for those not content with the Apple vision of a future without optical drives, or indeed anything we might call a "drive". They were right of course, and timely in their vision that time.
No matter: we know better and while thanking Apple very much and loving their stuff we will all agree that once we have paid our money their kit becomes our kit to do with it as we wish. So anyone needing a new Superdrive for their Mac is advised that the "USB SuperDrive" is the simplest, cheapest and most hassle-free way of fixing the problem. A quick line in the terminal. One reboot. Plug in the drive and go.
I had replaced the internal superdisk with an SSD and had been using a samsung external dvd drive, but I was at work and only had access to an Apple external superdrive and couldn't get it working with my MBP, I found a big folder of some of my old CDs and wanted to rip them into my iTunes library but couldn't get the superdrive to work.
So thanks again! Has anyone been able to use disk utility to burn discs or images on external superdrive. I've done everything here and still no DVD Player recognition or disk utility functionality. The drive shows up in System Profiler but when a disk is inserted nothing happens. Has anyone else found this or an answer? Thanks UV. Lost your password? Powered by the Parse. Since the launch of the MacBook Air, Apple produces a nice external optical drive, which unfortunately does not work on every machine; only MacBook Air and some Mac mini models.
It was long believed it was due to a hardware limitation, but it is actually due to Mac OS X, as we shall see. First of all, why use the Apple drive? There are several reasons. The first one is that it is quite nice-looking. It also uses a slot-in, more convenient than fragile drawers, it can play a DVD without changing the DVD drive, as it is considered as 'Apple-supplied drive' by the system and responds to the Eject button on Apple keyboards.
It also has two drawbacks: it is quite expensive and its USB cable is ridiculously short and non-removable. But finally, I found it to be more practical than the other drives I tested. I could not test the handling on many machines; I had a inch MacBook Pro when working , a MacBook which does not work and a Mac mini on which the hack is unnecessary. As far as I know, the easiest way to check if the hack is possible is starting up the Mac while pressing the Option key with the drive connected; if the player turns on, it should work.
For the modification itself, a file editor I use Hex Fiend and a tool that simplifies the update of. I use Kext Utility search for the correct version for your OS version , but it can be done by hand or with others. You must replace one of the values by your model identifier. Pay attention to spaces, do not put any between MacBook and Pro. Normally, just use the beginning of the identifier and it should be enough, so : MacBook, MacPro, iMac, etc. Also pay attention to capital letters.
Once it is done on the two chains, just save and replace the original file AppleStorageDrivers. Then launch Kext Utility to clear caches and repair permissions, and restart the Mac. If everything went well -- this was the case on my MacBook Pro -- the external drive should work right away. I followed the instructions at the top of the post. Should I be looking for a later version that extends support to Windows 10? The former is empty, the latter has several. IFO and. Try to ensure you launch the DVD from within the suitable player.
Your email address will not be published. View Results. Download the latest Boot Camp Drivers from Apple. After you complete the installer, you should be able to insert a disk and use the drive as you normally would. About The Author. Brad Caldwell Brad Caldwell is a freelance web and graphic designer who loves all things tech.
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*The Apple USB SuperDrive is compatible with Mac models from and later that don't have a built-in optical drive. *MacBook, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro. *The Apple USB SuperDrive is compatible with Mac models from and later that don't have a built-in optical drive. *MacBook, MacBook Air and MacBook Pro. Question: Q: SuperDrive Compatibility. · MacBook Air (inch, Early - ) · MacBook Air (inch, Early ) · MacBook Pro (Retina,