6 Replies Latest reply: Feb 17, 2013 8:06 PM by bernuli
gogogut Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Hello,

I have an older Blackbook Core 2 Duo 2.2GHz with 128GB SSD and 4GB RAM running Snow Leopard 10.6.8. The SuperDrive seems to no longer work, so I was hoping to use Remote Disc to install the new TurboTax. The other computer I have is a PC laptop running XP. So I downloaded the CD/DVD sharing software from apple and it seems to work fine with my work MacBook Air. But I can't get the remote disc icon to show up on the Blackbook. I have found a bunch of older posts and articles with Terminal commands to activate it on Snow Leopard. But I would imagine that that would not be necessary anymore. Can anyone confirm what the appropriate process is for my SL MacBook to use the remote disc?

Thanks,

RJ


BlackBook, Mac OS X (10.6.8), 2.2 Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo
  • a brody Level 9 Level 9 (64,265 points)

    AirDrop is not supported by older computers, or 10.6.8.    You are best off just using file sharing and the DropBox feature of file sharing to ensure communication between the machines: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1549

  • bernuli Level 1 Level 1 (50 points)

    I think you can just use regular old file sharing off XP for that.  The apple software is only needed for netboot type stuff I think.

     

    Just right click the d: or whatever drive and click Sharing and Security.

     

     

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  • gogogut Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Wow! I am not sure I understand either of your suggestions.

    a brody: I wasn't trying to do anything with AirDrop. I was trying to use Remote Disc so I could install the new TurboTax by putting the install disc in my PC. For some reason, the Remote Disc pops up perfectly on my work Air, but no such luck on my personal Macbook with Snow Leopard.

    bernuli: I right clicked the PC DVD drive and went to Sharing and Security. I turned on sharing but still saw nothing on my Macbook, even after a restart. Where would I see it? How does this process work differently than Remote Disc?

    In the end, I think TurboTax is small enough that I can just drag the installer onto a thumb drive and get it on my Macbook. But this issue will come up again. So hopefully I can find out the correct process for getting Remote Disc to work properly on my SL Macbook. Any help now would be great.

    Thanks again,

    RJ

  • bernuli Level 1 Level 1 (50 points)

    On the Macbook you need to connect to the PC manually.  It will not just show up as a drive.

     

    Right click on the finder icon in the Doc, then select Connect to Server, then click the browse button.  You should see your PC in there.  Double click and continue on.

     

     

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  • gogogut Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I tried that and it didn't appear. The Browse found my WDTV, but not the PC.

  • bernuli Level 1 Level 1 (50 points)

    Reboot the Windows machine, then wait like 10 minutes.  Sometimes win file shares take a while to show up.  Could also reboot router.

     

    Check firewall settings on Windows machine.  Try with it off for a little while to make sure it works. 

     

    B