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does macbook air superdrive work with mac mini

7777 Views 22 Replies Latest reply: Sep 13, 2012 4:59 AM by john@arms RSS
  • Dah•veed Level 7 Level 7 (29,555 points)
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    May 9, 2012 8:07 AM (in response to Gerry Brown)

    Wow, you would think your intelligence was being questioned.

     

    I have read the linked Mac OS X Hints article, I read it when it was first published as well and I have read all of the comments. In fact there is another possible solution offered in the comments that is safer than the hack of the driver kext file in the original post.

     

    Yes, it is a driver file. No it is not a preference file. How do we know this, the .kext file ending refers to a kernal extension.

    A .kext file is a package containing a Kernel Extension and any resources/configuration relevant to it. Kernel extensions perform many critical functions at the core of Mac OS, and also are the means by which hardware support is provided (aka drivers). Many essential kernel extensions are loaded on startup, although they can be loaded dynamically or manually.

    A simple preference file uses a .plist file ending.

    if the USB pulls too much power, the driver will shut it down.

    The drive will pull more power, so going to the trouble and risk of hacking his OS would then be pointless. Another issue is that older Macs may have the abilty to supply added power to a USB port, but often only to one. If he has another USB port drawing more power, such as to charge an iOS device, perhaps an iPhone, then he is sort of SOL for using this drive and likely would never know why it didn't work. At least the other possible solution offered in the comments addresses the power/USB port issue and is a safer hack.

    '09 Mac mini, iPad 2, iPhone 4S, Mac OS X (10.7.3), iOS (5.0.1) Mac fanboi since 1984!
  • Dah•veed Level 7 Level 7 (29,555 points)

    I asked the ASC Hosts to edit your email address. We don't publish such personal information for safety precautions.

     

    What should you do? Forget the cool Apple drive and the hack and get a better, faster 3rd party drive that is guaranteed by the developer to work with a Mac and doesn't require any hacks.

    '09 Mac mini, iPad 2, iPhone 4S, Mac OS X (10.7.3), iOS (5.0.1) Mac fanboi since 1984!
  • Gerry Brown Level 3 Level 3 (795 points)
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    May 9, 2012 10:52 AM (in response to Dah•veed)

    Dahveed,

    PAGE DOWN to CyborgSam2011's comment on that page from Nov 11 '11.

    That is modifying the file com.apple.Boot.plist.  IT IS NOT MODIFYING A KEXT FILE.

    Geesh!

     

    Either way we both agree to buy an external powered burner.

  • Dah•veed Level 7 Level 7 (29,555 points)
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    May 9, 2012 12:07 PM (in response to Gerry Brown)

    You take the cake!

     

    You didn't post a link to or point out in your commentary CyborgSam's comment. You posted a link to a Mac OS X Hints driver file hack. Period. End of story.

     

    Ciao, I have stated what is important and wasting time and space interacting with you, solely confusses the issue for this OP.

    '09 Mac mini, iPad 2, iPhone 4S, Mac OS X (10.7.3), iOS (5.0.1) Mac fanboi since 1984!
  • Gerry Brown Level 3 Level 3 (795 points)
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    May 9, 2012 12:35 PM (in response to Dah•veed)

    Ad Homonim arguments went out with the last century.

    I sad read the whole thing several times.  PERIOD

  • ITCE Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    May 30, 2012 7:11 PM (in response to Joseph Grcar)

    This link worked perfectly for my Mac Air Superdrive on my mids-2007 Mac Mini. Works like a charm and fast too!

     

    No messing with .kext files or any kernel mods. Real simple to do.

     

    Have fun ...

  • john@arms Calculating status...
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    Sep 13, 2012 4:59 AM (in response to Joseph Grcar)

    Hey I have an early 2009 Mac Mini os x version 10.6.8, the internal superdrive broke and was rejecting disks. I went to an apple shop and got them to test an external macbook air superdrive, which worked. It just acts as a separate driver and I am still able to use my CD eject button on my wireless keyboard. I asked how much it was to get the internal superdrive replaced as I’m outside the warranty and its well over £100,  so getting an external superdrive is the best option.  If you are still unsure of whether a superdrive works on your mini just take it in to an apple retailer and get them to test one on your machine.

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