Really? Every page I've looked at regarding this device says it's Mac compatible, including Samsung's site, and even including the page I linked to above.
Can you please supply a link that says that this device is only compatible with Windows 7 to help clear up this apparently universal misunderstanding?
I am surprised it does not work right out of the box. Samsung clearly state that it is Mac compatible:
"Good news for MAC users: the Samsung Slim External DVD Writer is not only completely compatible with MAC OS, it has received Apple’s official approval. So whether you prefer MAC or Windows for PC, you’re always in business."
I use the very similar Samsung SE-S084 which works a treat.
Thanks to you all, I am now further advanced.
The SE-208AB DOES work straight out of the box! My confusion came about because it is difficult to properly place the disk on the tray due to 3 little spring loaded lugs that stick out beyond the diameter of the disk's hole.
I realise that this is to make the disk secure but it could easily damage (enlarge) the disk's centre hole (since it has to be forced) and this could make the disk wobble in time.
Because of this I assumed (wrongly) there must be some software to retract these lugs when the tray is opened.
My Hi Fi friends are paranoid about enlarging the holes in their CDs.
Otherwise the SE-208AB is working well so far except it won't play back .vob files that I have converted from MPEG4 files using Flv Crunch (free version).
(Yes, you guessed it, I'm a novice at this but am learning quickly, in no smal part due to the generosity of forum contributors... take a bow, one and all!!)
Yes, you have to pull the tray out as far as it will go.
That is a software problem, not the Samsung.
.vob files should play in VLC if you have that. It may be your conversion that has confused it. Try converting to something else using mpegStreamclip:
which is free, but you must also have the Apple mpeg2 plugin :
(unless you are running Lion in which case see below))
which is a mere $20.