burning dvds help- disc doesn't show on desktop

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by trojan18, Jul 14, 2005.

  1. trojan18 macrumors member

    Mar 4, 2005

    I have an external DVD burner that I'm using with my Mac. I used it under Panther with no problem. But since I've intstalled Tiger, I have a problem.

    When I insert a blank DVD into the drive, it would normally show up as "untitled" on the desktop. Under Tiger, it does not do this. It does not show up.

    HOWEVER, I know that the computer knows it is there because Toast will launch automatically like it's supposed to and I CAN burn to the disc.

    And then when I put the freshly burned disc back into the drive, it will show up as "My Disc" like it's supposed to.

    I have Finder configured to show CDs DVDs under preferences and the system profiler recognizes the external drive and says it is burn supportable.

    Why is the computer recognizing and even correctly burning to the disc through Toast but not showing up as a blank disc on the desktop like it did under Panther?

  2. Krazykrl macrumors member

    Jul 15, 2005
    I think the issue is Toast. When you install Toast, one of the install questions is whether you want Toast to recognize blank CD's or DVD's when they are inserted. If this was set to yes, then I believe this could override the OS acknowledgement and Toast will take over.

    One way to check is to open up Disk Utility (Applications > Utilities > Disk Utility) once you insert a blank disc, if you see the blank disc, try using Disk Utility to mount it, than it will should show on your desktop.

    If you want the OS to mount the disc all the time, check your Toast settings.
  3. blybug macrumors 6502a


    Aug 11, 2003
    Galveston, TX
    Check both the preferences in Toast but also under System Prefs-->CDs and DVDs...there is an option there to choose what the computer should do when a blank DVD is inserted. Probably Toast set that System Pref to "Open Toast" based on your install configuration.

    The Finder Pref you refer to only determines if CDs and DVDs recognized by the Finder show up on the Desktop. This is only a display preference, not really a determination of whether the Finder is the primary app that will recognize a blank disc. The CDs and DVDs panel in the System Preferences is where you need to go.

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