Adding a DVD Re-Writer

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  1. macrumors regular

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    I have just bought a Samsung Slim Portable DVD Re Writer.

    Do I just plug the USB cable into the Mac Mini and reboot the Mac,and it will find the driver automatically?

    Do I need DVD writing software to use this,or do I simply drag and drop?

    Thanks

    Alan
     
  2. macrumors 68030

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    There's no driver. Insert a writable disc and it will ask you what you want to do. You can buy third-party software like Roxio Toast if you want a variety of options but for straightforward burning of files to optical media, it's essentially drag and drop in the Finder.
     
  3. thread starter macrumors regular

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    thanks polo ponies

    I was trying to load a backing track into Logic Pro from a cd.

    Logic did not give me the option of accessing the disc.

    I think I need more help

    Thanks

    Alan
     
  4. macrumors 6502

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    go with Roxio or one of application packs MacLegion is running one which has dvd rip software in it.
     
  5. macrumors 68030

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    I take it the CD loaded onto the desktop, so it's not a hardware issue. Is it a commercial CD or one to which you've written audio files? I know zero about Logic Pro, but does it need the file to be in a specific format or will it rip tracks from a commercial CD?
     
  6. thread starter macrumors regular

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    The Writer was nowhere to be seen.

    That was why I asked originally if I needed a driver.

    It was a commercial cd which Logic should have been able to load,but
    if the computer does not see the drive,I can't do anything with it.

    I'll have another play tomorrow,unless yo have an idea what may be wrong.

    The Samsung drive does have Mac Logo on the box,and it say's it is Mac Compatible.

    It's a Samsung Slim Portable DVD Writer

    Thanks

    Alan
     
  7. macrumors 68030

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    Are you using the USB cable it came with? Can you try a different cable? If it came with a dual-end USB are you plugging in the end with the heavier wire? If so, try plugging both in.

    Troubleshooting isn't hard if you're methodical.
     
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    DVD writer

    I have one (after putting a memory card in the SuperDrive in my iMac by accident), are you plugging the drive into a hub?
    You must plug the drive's USB straight into your mac then it should show if you have a disk in it. To check try running disk utility and it should be on there under devices.
     
  9. thread starter macrumors regular

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    Not using a hub,USB cable goes direct into the Mac Mini.

    I am sorry to say that I still seem to have my PC head on where these things are concerned.

    It's my very first Mac and I wanted everything to go smoothly.

    Not having any info on OS-X makes it difficult but I have ordered a book from the library,should have it in this week.

    Thanks

    Alan
     
  10. thread starter macrumors regular

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    Problem sorted

    I needed to plug in both leads,although other people who have this model say only one is needed.

    Anyway it works.

    Thanks

    Alan
     
  11. macrumors 603

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    "I needed to plug in both leads,although other people who have this model say only one is needed.
    Anyway it works."

    It looks like one USB port could not supply sufficient bus power to run the drive properly.

    This is a common problem when using external USB drives with a Mac...
     
  12. thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks Fishrrman

    It has been said that I can't use a hub for this either,though there was a Powered Hub in a recent Mac Format mag.

    I wonder if this would be sufficient to power the writer?

    Alan
     

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