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Apple USB SuperDrive with iMac question

9119 Views 19 Replies Latest reply: Mar 31, 2013 12:36 AM by tal1971 RSS
  • stephenfromhalifax Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 10, 2012 5:21 PM (in response to Agoura Jim)

    The drive does not need to be plugged in. 


    I should have been more clear with my instructions. 


    First, at the "~ 'your user name'$" line, type 'login' and press enter. 


    'Login:' will appear


    type your user name (the same way you type it to log into your account on your computer) and hit enter


    'Password:' will appear


    type your password (the same way you type it to log into your account on your computer) and hit enter


    you will now see the same line 'Computer-Name: ~UserName$'


    but now you will have the access required for a sudo ('super user do') command


    at this point, type: 


    sudo nvram boot-args=”mbasd=1″

    and hit enter.


    then type 'exit' and hit enter (this will log you out)


    again type 'exit' and hit enter and you will see:


    [Process completed]


    Now restart your mac and your super drive will work. 

  • Ray047 Calculating status...
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    Dec 10, 2012 5:37 PM (in response to tal1971)

    Great stuff, Stephenfromhalifax has really good news.  Unfortunately, I tried and tried the Superdrive replacement route with the external usb Apple superdrive.  I was not able to get it to work, so I returned the drive back to Best Buy and bought the LG GE24 DVD/CD drive.  I plugged into my iMac and worked great.  I burned a few CD's just to make sure.  It seems to be much faster than the Apple superdrive, but unable to verify.  The cost of the LG unit was 45 bucks, on sale.  It is USB and it has a separate power cord, not driven by usb. Any way I am very pleased with the replacement drive

  • krravi Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 11, 2012 7:31 PM (in response to tal1971)

    I tried the above but it didn't work. After some googling I found this link and I followed the instructions and it worked like a charm. The command above does the same thing as this. But here we are manually going and editing the file to add that entry.


    I am burning a movie from my iMac which is hooked to a superdrive right now..



    Hope this helps.

  • traveler420 Calculating status...
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    Mar 30, 2013 5:37 PM (in response to krravi)

    +1 for the above link on a 2006 iMac. Works perfectly.
    (for anyone looking more recently than Dec 2012)

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