How to reset how OS X handles CD-R's?

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  1. MacPhreak macrumors regular

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    Here's the deal: I imported my profile over from my iBook to my mini when I got the mini. Apparently, the preference that tells the computer what to do with a blank CD got copied over, too, so now when I insert a CD-R, nothing happens. It doesn't show up on the desktop, and Disk Utility says it's locked. Toast will write to it, but I have the 'Light' version, and it won't let me burn an image, which is what I'm trying to do.

    Anyone know where the preference file is for what to do when a cd is inserted so I can dump it?

    I'm backing everything up to do a format & reinstall, but I hope there's an easier fix than that.

    Thanks...
     
  2. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    System Preferences -> CDs & DVDs -> "When you insert a blank CD:"
     
  3. MacPhreak thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks, I forgot about that one. I just checked there, and I see:

    When you insert a blank CD: Ask what to do
    When you insert a blank DVD: Ask what to do

    Something else must be messed up, no?
     
  4. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    Try a different blank CD, or a different brand of blank CD. Do regular CDs work in there?
     
  5. MacPhreak thread starter macrumors regular

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    Regular CD's/DVD's seem to work fine.

    I'm down to 3 CD-R's, and I've tried them all (Maxell branded).

    I tried the CD-R's in question on another mac, and I get the appropriate response from the OS. I'll try to track down a different brand in a bit...

    Thanks for your help!
     
  6. MacPhreak thread starter macrumors regular

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    I found some CD-RW's. All of them had info on them, so I erased one with Disk Utility, and now it is reporting that it is locked and unwritable, although it still says it's a CD-RW.

    I'm going to go hunt down some CD-R's now.
     
  7. Bear macrumors G3

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    Remore (if it exists)...

    Remove ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.digihub.plist

    Log out and then log back in (or restart your computer if you wish to be extreme).
     
  8. MacPhreak thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks, Bear, that did the trick! And thanks, Yellow, for your help!

    Kind of OT, but is there something that lists what each one of the apple preferences does? Some of them are kind of cryptic. I never would have guessed 'digihub' had to do with CD/DVD handling.
     
  9. Bear macrumors G3

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    Neither would I have guessed that. I poked into the PreferencesPane to see which file it used. Most are more obvious than that.
     

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