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Old Dec 25, 2012, 06:02 AM   #1
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iMac - USB Superdrive

Hi

I ordered the 27inch iMac December 5th. Apple is still processing the order so it has not yet arrived.

For a Christmas gift, I asked for the USB Superdrive since the new iMac lacks an optical drive

I tried to test it on my current 24inch early 2009 iMac but it doesn't seem to recognize it.

I read however that in the past, the external Superdrive is only compatible with portables/the mini ( macbook pro, mini, air, ...)

Will it work with my new iMac however or should it work with my 24inch and is my unit defective or something
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Old Dec 25, 2012, 06:08 AM   #2
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Yep, guaranteed I tested mine with 2 of the new 21.5"s works fine.
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Old Dec 25, 2012, 06:11 AM   #3
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ok thanks

and so it's normal it doesn't work with my current one
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Old Dec 25, 2012, 06:20 AM   #4
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ok thanks

and so it's normal it doesn't work with my current one
I think it only works with Macs that don't come fitted with a SuperDrive.
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Old Dec 25, 2012, 06:32 AM   #5
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I have a new 27" and have used a new SuperDrive with it just fine.

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Old Dec 25, 2012, 06:44 AM   #6
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There is a pram setting you can use to test it in your SuperDrive-equipped Mac.
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Old Dec 25, 2012, 07:10 AM   #7
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i read somewhere on the apple store that its only compatible with Macbook air, mac mini, Retina Macbook pros and 2012 imacs.

the lack of universal support put me off buying it in the end as I occasionally want the flexibility to use it with my Windows Laptop.
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Old Dec 25, 2012, 07:25 AM   #8
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Worked perfectly on my 27" iMac yesterday
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Old Dec 25, 2012, 07:27 AM   #9
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I've burnt loads of discs on my 2012 iMac with apple super drive, no issues!
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Old Dec 25, 2012, 08:09 AM   #10
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Open terminal type:

Code:
sudo nvram boot-args="mbasd=1"
Hit enter.

Restart.

The Drive will now burn cds on your old iMac. I read however that dvd player wont recognize the drive, but vlc will.
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