25605 Views 4 Replies Latest reply: Mar 2, 2009 7:04 AM by Anton Marcelline
Windows can be picky with CD/DVD-Drives in general.
Maybe this procedure can help your client:
Your client should ensure that the USB-Superdrive is connected and on before he boots into Windows.
Since I don't have a MBA I cannot confirm the genral useage of the USB-Superdrive in Windows.
Thanks for the reply but the problem is that Apple Superdrive does not ship with Windows drivers. If Apple does supply a driver then it will be part of their Boot Camp driver. However this comes as one fat executable file and contains drivers for all sorts of things on the MacBook Air like the keyboard, graphics card, USB ports, etc. Because of this I can't see anyway of using the Windows Device Manager to manually install the driver for the Superdrive as it is contained within the fat executable. I don't feel confident editing things in the Windows registry as described in the link you sent me and it also says that after doing so you would need to reinstall any other software that accesses the CD/DVD rom, which I should imagine is a lot of things.
I am going to ask the client to download the very latest Boot Camp drivers in hope that Apple has added support there, although its not listed as a feature.
The thing that I find confusing is that Apple recommends that Windows is installed from a Superdrive on a MacBook Air instead of using DVD/CD rom sharing from another computer. For Windows to install in that method surely it would restart from the Windows install CD and load a Windows Kernel via the Superdrive. Would this not imply that Superdrive is supported under Window's?
Anyway again many thanks for your suggestions.
Sorted. Had a call from my client and since they applied the Boot Camp Update 2.1 it now supports the Apple USB Superdrive within Windows.