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Old Mar 17, 2008, 10:45 PM   #1
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Enabling Remote Disc on not-Airs

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defaults write com.apple.NetworkBrowser EnableODiskBrowsing -bool true
defaults write com.apple.NetworkBrowser ODSSupported -bool true
... and reboot.

I've gotten it to work on both a Mac mini and my Blackbook (screenshot of the latter below).
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Old Mar 17, 2008, 10:58 PM   #2
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Or....you can just go into "Sharing" under system preferences and choose "DVD or CD sharing"
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Old Mar 17, 2008, 11:21 PM   #3
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Or....you can just go into "Sharing" under system preferences and choose "DVD or CD sharing"
I believe that only covers one part of the equation. This would allow you to actually use a shared disk...on other macs other than the MacBook Air.
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Old Mar 17, 2008, 11:28 PM   #4
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Is there a way to find out if this command worked? I don't see any remote disks on my school network.
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Old Mar 17, 2008, 11:53 PM   #5
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Yeah, the 'DVD/CD sharing' is just the server-side. The client is what is normally restricted to the Air, and that's what those preferences enable.

DVD/CD sharing is off by default; I haven't seen any other random machines at my campus with it on. I have gotten it to work between machines I have, though.
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Old Mar 18, 2008, 07:18 PM   #6
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What do I install on my windows machine in order to use this?
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Old Mar 18, 2008, 11:06 PM   #7
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What do I install on my windows machine in order to use this?
Which part?

To do the server part, you can install the DVD or CD Sharing service for Windows. This is on the CD included with the Airs, but I think this is it as well:

http://www.apple.com/downloads/macos...orwindows.html

For the client part, that's only a feature of OS X.
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Old Mar 18, 2008, 11:53 PM   #8
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In Terminal:
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defaults write com.apple.NetworkBrowser EnableODiskBrowsing -bool true
defaults write com.apple.NetworkBrowser ODSSupported -bool true
... and reboot.

I've gotten it to work on both a Mac mini and my Blackbook (screenshot of the latter below).
Lol! fenchurch, hotblack, zaphod....I see your a fan of the Hitchhikers Guide to the galaxy

Your missing FordPrefect!
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Old Mar 19, 2008, 12:50 AM   #9
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Lol! fenchurch, hotblack, zaphod....I see your a fan of the Hitchhikers Guide to the galaxy

Your missing FordPrefect!
I had a prefect once; it was a laptop I had long ago.

Oh, and I don't actually have an iMac, Mac Pro, or XServe just lying around-- those three are Linux boxes and, since I wasn't too keen about them showing up with the BSOD icon, I made avahi send out the appropriate _device-info keys over Bonjour.

Not that I would be terribly opposed to having an iMac, Mac Pro, and/or XServe just lying around, of course...
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Old Mar 19, 2008, 02:01 PM   #10
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BTW, it appears to work without rebooting, I simply relaunched the Finder and it came right up.

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I had a prefect once; it was a laptop I had long ago.

Oh, and I don't actually have an iMac, Mac Pro, or XServe just lying around-- those three are Linux boxes and, since I wasn't too keen about them showing up with the BSOD icon, I made avahi send out the appropriate _device-info keys over Bonjour.

Not that I would be terribly opposed to having an iMac, Mac Pro, and/or XServe just lying around, of course...
I wouldn't name your server hotblack....unless it is truly on death support .
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Old Mar 19, 2008, 05:36 PM   #12
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I wouldn't name your server hotblack....unless it is truly on death support .
It kinda is. It's an old IBM Netvista that is, well, black. It uses some sort of custom-form-factor power supply, however, and since I wasn't really keen on the idea of ponying up $110 for a new power supply, I instead took a SPX-style power supply and shortened the case to make it fit in the space where I would have the CD drive (were I the sort of person who used CD drives for more than OS installs.) One consequence of this is that the airflow is a bit different now, so the machine runs a little hotter. I'm not too sure how much hotter (no temperature sensors), though it's been working fine like this for the past year. I try not to do anything too CPU-intensive for long periods of time, just in case.

So, well, it's hot and black. Seemed like a natural choice. ;D
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Old Mar 19, 2008, 05:41 PM   #13
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cool, works with just a restart.



edit--much later-- I mean just a finder restart.

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Old Mar 23, 2008, 12:37 AM   #14
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Aloha everyone,

Has anyone successfully played a movie on the client using Remote Disc? I tried to do just that today - loaded a movie in my iMac to play on my MacBook Pro - but no joy. I was able to read from both a CD and a DVD, however, but have yet to attempt a write test.

How far have any of you gotten thus far? Also, for those of you who have the MacBook Air, can you play a movie on the Air via Remote Disc on a 2nd Mac? I'm interested in finding the limits of Remote Disc.

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Anyone know how to get this going in 10.5.5? Since I upgraded, my remote disc doesn't work anymore... (on my not-air).
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Old Sep 23, 2008, 01:56 PM   #16
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Anyone know how to get this going in 10.5.5? Since I upgraded, my remote disc doesn't work anymore... (on my not-air).
That's strange; it works fine for me in 10.5.5.

Is it simply not showing up in Finder, or is it failing when you're actually trying to use it?
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It's just not showing up at all. It was working fine before, but now... no dice. Remote sharing is on on my min and MBP, but the not-air doesn't see anything anymore.
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Old Nov 3, 2008, 03:45 PM   #18
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Doesn't work for me either...

on my non-Air.

Running 10.5.5

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i can see the remote disc but the problem is that i am left just with a "waiting for disc" screen. Is it just my slow wifi?
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Old Jun 1, 2009, 02:42 AM   #20
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I know this is an old thread, but I just wanted to say that I got a refurbished Nvidia Mac mini and it had remote disc enabled by default. It can see discs I put in my iMac and MacBook. I have no idea why this is since I have a SuperDrive in it already. Still cool if not very useful to me.
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Old Feb 12, 2010, 12:12 AM   #21
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Hey guys,

Been scouring the internet forever for this, just wanted to let you all know this still works.

Make sure the "ODS" line in terminal is a capital O and not a zero.

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Old Apr 11, 2010, 06:13 AM   #22
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How do i get rid of it

how do i get rid of the remote disk
it stays on my mac even though dvd/cd sharing is turned off
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how do i get rid of the remote disk
it stays on my mac even though dvd/cd sharing is turned off
I also hate to resurrect a dead thread, but I'd like to know this too. I had an iMac that had a dead optical drive, enabled this to serve as a stopgap measure, and when I did a Mac-to-Mac transfer with my new computer, it came along for the ride. I tried swapping 'false' for 'true' and entering the two Terminal commands to no avail. And strangely enough, I have the little arrow in the upper right corner on the iMac but not on my MacBookPro, when it has the Terminal commands inputted to enable sharing. I've also cycled sharing on and off and rebooted in between on both machines, and I still have it only on the iMac and not on the MacBookPro.

Anyone have any suggestions?
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Anyone have any suggestions?
You might want to try deleting the keys entirely.

Code:
defaults delete Preference.Name PreferenceKey
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Old Apr 2, 2011, 05:47 AM   #25
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I'd like to report that as of 10.6.7, ODSSupported is unnecessary just enabling EnableODiskBrowsing is enough.

And here's a tip on how to get rid of "Remote Disc" in the sidebar:
  1. open com.apple.sidebarlists.plist in Property List Editor (comes with Xcode) or your favourite plist editor
  2. expand systemitems and VolumesList nodes
  3. find the node that corresponds to Remote Disc (typically the last one)
  4. add a string item "Visibility" = "NeverVisible"
  5. save and log out.

After following these steps you can still access Remote Disc by going to Computer (⇧⌘C) and selecting "Remote Disc".
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