11 Replies Latest reply: Mar 11, 2008 12:29 PM by Andre Greer
Quint Randle Level 1 (45 points)
I followed the instructions but it takes forever to even get a disk image to come up on the MBA.

I have the iWork install CD on my MacBook and the MBA is seeing via remote disk. It takes about 5 minutes for it to see the disk, then another couple of minutes to get the disk image to come up. But when I click on it nothing happens the little wheel in the lower right corner just spins and spins.

I've tried this on my home wireless network and at work.

What gives? This is kind of a joke. I've screwed around with this almost enough to make buying the drive worth the waste of my time. But I want to use the concept I was sold.


  • drsek Level 1 (0 points)
    I have similar problem with installing iWork 08 from my Mac mini. I have also tried using the Mac book, but still failed.

    Anyone can help?
  • marks-macair Level 1 (0 points)
    same problem trying to install Microsoft Office. Will try to get the ethernet adapter or superdrive this weekend hoping it is some wifi problem.
  • marks-macair Level 1 (0 points)
    Using the Ethernet adapter ($30) I was able to load MS Office.
  • Rhyd Level 3 (795 points)
    I copied iWork from one computer to the other via filesharing and simply entered my registration when requested. I have not managed remote disc either and though I purchased the MBA superdrive, I have not opened the box. I rely upon usb drives and file sharing via wifi to do my transferring and copying -- along with having mailed myself a few files.
  • rom.ph Level 2 (250 points)
    I am experiencing the same thing - I now inclined to use the iWork Trial image and then enter the registration details.

    Remote Disc installation does not work with encrypted or copy protected disks. However, this defeats the purpose of having an MBA without being able to load it with Apple's office productivity suite.
  • rom.ph Level 2 (250 points)
    Got it to work. I had the Firewall set to Allow only essential services on the host. Changed it to Allow all and it works. Now installing iWork 08.
  • Stephen Lentz Level 1 (5 points)
    Try upgrading to 10.5.2. I had a similar problem with 10.5.1. After installing 10.5.2 the Firewall now lists ODSAgent.app. If this is set to Allow Incoming Connections, remote disk should now work.
  • nikik Level 1 (0 points)
    yes, i too have this problem. my mac air asks the other computer for permission and i accept. that's fine. when the cd is recognized on my mac air, i click it on and it dissappears.. nothing happens?
    any help ...please??
  • Andre Greer Level 1 (20 points)
    Also totally confused. Ethernet has worked, but I cannot seem to see an Audio CD from another computer optical drive. Have tried on both mac and PC, and while it can see programs on the PC, it says "original item cannot be found" for audio CDs. Problem.

  • Andre Greer Level 1 (20 points)
    Have tried my old Powerbook 12" and though it does give the Audio CD title now, it still says "original item cannot be found." No firewall on either, DVD and CD sharing on. What gives? Programs install swiftly and easily. But some of us are still buying physical CDs!
  • Andre Greer Level 1 (20 points)
    Ah...turns out Remote Disc does not work for Audio CDs! They claim "burned or ripped" but of course those are identical to actual CDs you buy, so I'm out of luck. ****. Am now using Bluetooth to search my other computer--what a stupid limitation.