Air SuperDrive software hack lost

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  1. iPhonetherefore macrumors regular

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    Hi, does anyone have a copy of the instructions for modding the OS to allow the external SuperDrive to work on other macs. I had this previously but the site (mac-n-things) has disappeared and i cannot find the intructins anywhere else, thanks in advance
    Rob
     
  2. SmallyBigs macrumors newbie

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    Anybody? Would love to have this info - got a new MacBook Air and want to run this drive on an old MacBook Pro with a broken optical drive...
     
  3. wrinkster22 macrumors 68030

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    try plugging it into the MBP... I think it would work as my other MBA only accessories work with other macs...
     
  4. Aboo macrumors 6502a

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    Not the case with the superdrive due to a chip inside the drive assembly that will only allow it to work with MBA and Mac Mini.

    OP, as far as I know there was no software hack for this; there is a hardware hack which can be found here:

    http://tnkgrl.wordpress.com/2008/06/24/macbook-air-superdrive-for-all/
     
  5. wrinkster22 macrumors 68030

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    Sorry, I know that the usb to ethernet does because I have tried it with others. So would an older superdrive not work with newer minis?
     
  6. m0ssie macrumors newbie

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    old thread I know, but found this while searching. Have not tried it though.

    Needed this Superdrive to add to my 2007 Mac Mini after I added an SSD and a second hard drive for data.

    This drive is badass! I had a few issues writing DVD's with the default DVD writer that came with the old Mini. With this drive I haven't had a failure yet.

    Oh and for those who say the Superdrive only works on the Macbook Air and the newer Mac Minis all I can say is poppycock!! LOL!!

    Here are the instructions on how to make this drive work on ANY Mac.

    The trick is to add "mbasd=1" to the Kernel Flags in com.apple.Boot.plist. com.apple.Boot.plist exists by default in Lion, but not in earlier OSes.

    There are multiple ways to edit a plist, I'll use TextEdit since every user has it. Since Lion already has com.apple.Boot.plist there are two subsets of instructions, one for Lion and one for all other OS Xes.

    Bottom line: com.apple.Boot.plist will look the text between the starred lines when done:

    *****************************************
    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
    <!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN" [...]
    <dict>
    <key>Kernel Flags</key>
    <string>mbasd=1</string>
    </dict>

    *****************************************

    First, launch TextEdit.

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    For Lion:
    Copy /Library/Preferences/SystemConfiguration/com.apple.Boot.plist to the Desktop. Drag the file onto TextEdit's icon in the Dock. The file will look like this:

    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
    <!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN" [...]
    <dict>
    <key>Kernel Flags</key>
    <string></string>
    </dict>

    Add the text "mbasd=1" (no quotes, no extra spaces) between <string> and </string>. It should look like the text between the starred lines above. Save and close the file.
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    For Snow Leopard and earlier:
    In TextEdit create a new document, then copy all the text above into the document. Save it to the Desktop using the name com.apple.Boot.plist and close the document.
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    Finally: Copy the file to /Library/Preferences/SystemConfiguration and authenticate when asked. Restart, the SuperDrive will now work.
     
  7. mattpreston11 macrumors 6502a

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    Its guides like this and people like you which make the internet great!
     
  8. Fernandez21 macrumors 601

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