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using my Macbook to re-install programs on an old PC

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hey all, my desktop PC is having problems reading a CD i need to reinstall certain features of a program. is it possible to use my macbook disc drive (via bonjour or something else) to reinstall features to a PC? i won't be able to test anything out until later tonight. thanks for all your replies.
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  • Noah D Calculating status...
    trunks1022,

    I am 90% sure that what you are trying to do is impossible.
    MacBook 2.4GHz Aluminum Unibody, Mac OS X (10.5.5), 8GB iPhone 3G, iMac Aluminum, iBook G4
  • Eric Barbosa Calculating status...
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    Nov 23, 2008 11:54 AM (in response to Noah D)
    Hmm Apple was able to make windows and mac software to read their optical drives for the MacBook Air, so no, it is not impossible. The question is, is there a developer out there who has made any software for this.

    Also, you are able to view optical discs over a network using typical file sharing. The question is will you be able to install windows software inserted in a Mac on a network.

    I'm actually kind of curious to see if this will work. I'm gonna load into Boot Camp on my iMac and insert a windows formatted install disc into my MacBook Pro and get back to you.
    MBP 17" 2.33GHz 2GB, iMac Core Duo 17" 1.83GHz 1GB, Mac OS X (10.5.5), iPhone 16GB, iPods: classic 80GB, touch 2G 16GB, shuffle 2G 1GB
  • Eric Barbosa Level 1 Level 1 (85 points)
    It almost worked, I was installing Sim City 4 on my iMac running Boot Camp using my MacBook Pro's optical drive running Leopard and got to the point where I needed to insert disk 2. If your software is only on one disc, it might work though. I doubt it will work for everything on 1 disc, though.

    Assuming your MacBook and the PC are on the same network and your MacBook has the disc in, Heres what you need to do:
    On your MacBook, go to System Preferences > Sharing
    Unlock if necessary
    Click on File Sharing, if unchecked, check it.
    Click on "Options..."
    Enable "Share files and folders using SMB"
    Click the checkbox next to an administrator and enter that accounts password
    On your PC, go to your Network, click on your Macs name, and enter the user name and password of the account you enabled in SMB
    One of the folders that appears should say the name of the disc, Double click it
    Find the file that will start the install, usually the AutoRun file or setup.exe will start it

    If a disc will not work, make a disc image of it on your Mac. You can use Disk Utility for most discs, but it doesn't like some discs. If it doesn't like it, you will need to find 3rd party software. Then on your PC drag that disc image onto the local files. Not sure how windows handles disc images but I know there are 3rd party software that will treat it like its in your optical disc.

    Other times it might not work:
    Copy protected disc
    Disc that has a Mac version and a PC version on 2 volumes of 1 disc

    Side note: when a disk becomes used by a PC on the network, it might not want to eject from your Mac. If you need a way to force eject it, type in this unix command into the Terminal (/Applications/Utilities)

    sudo umount -f /Volumes/{discname}

    Enter your administrator password
    Replace {discname} with the name of your CD as it appears in the Finder, or type ls /Volumes to find it.

    Remember, Unix commands can be dangerous, The -f will force eject it, so make sure not to do it to your Hard Drive, though that should only require a restart to remount it

    Then press the eject button on your keyboard and it should eject
    Message was edited by: Eric Barbosa
    MBP 17" 2.33GHz 2GB, iMac Core Duo 17" 1.83GHz 1GB, Mac OS X (10.5.5), iPhone 16GB, iPods: classic 80GB, touch 2G 16GB, shuffle 2G 1GB

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