Cannot See External DVD Drive

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by KathiM, Jun 19, 2012.

  1. KathiM macrumors newbie

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    I've been searching the internet but without real success.
    I bought an external Apple DVD Drive and hooked it up on my MacMini. My issue is that I cannot see or access the DVD from my MacBook Air.
    I can access the MacMini from the MacBook without any problems, but I cannot get it to show the Remote DVD icon in the MacBooks finder.

    Any suggestions?

    KathiM
     
  2. alexreich macrumors 6502a

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    Pardon me for probably asking a stupid question, but,

    Why don't you just plug the USB DVD drive into the MacBook Air?
     
  3. marzer macrumors 65816

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    Did you activate DVD/CD drive sharing under System Prefs > Sharing on the Mac mini?
     
  4. KathiM thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yes.
    I've read in another forum that USB devices cannot be shared. I do not want to believe that, as I'm sharing the USB Printer without problems....

    KathiM
     
  5. marzer macrumors 65816

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    If that's the case I will have to reiterate Alex's suggestion, "Why don't you just plug the USB DVD drive into the MacBook Air?"
     
  6. marzer macrumors 65816

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    So I just tried it and I can see the USB connected DVD drive through Remote Disc on my Mac mini server.
     
  7. KathiM thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Can you check if you can see the DVD drive on the Macbook when it's hooked to the MacMini?

    KathiM
     
  8. marzer macrumors 65816

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    I have a mac mini server and iMac. Machines like the mini server amd Macbook Air that have no ODD don't have the option under Sharing pref pane to share drives to other machines.
     
  9. Partron22 macrumors 68000

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    Open Finder Preferences window (it's in the 'Finder' menu of the Finder)
    Is the checkbox to "Show CDs,DVDs,and iPods on the desktop" checked?
     
  10. KathiM thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Hero!!!
    I checked the box and voilá I can see and access the DVD drive hooked to the Mac Mini.

    Thanks a lot!

    KathiM
     

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