Drivers for External DVD Burner?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by GavinT, Sep 4, 2006.

  1. GavinT macrumors member


    I have a slight technical glitch with my external DVD burner. I got the burner when I still had a PC (and I wasn't fully planning on migrating to OS X), so I forgot to check Mac compatibilty.

    The drive was purchased in Japan (it's this one or if you prefer that in sort-of-English ). Looking at it, it's basically a NEC ND-4550A that has been packaged up as an external drive with a USB interface.

    Now, my question is, are there any drivers out there (some form of generic ones) that I can use to make it work on my MBP.... or do I need to flog off this piece of kit and get something new.

    If I was going to get something new, what I want is something that allows me to play region free (since the MBP drive is not region free short of flashing the firmware).

  2. Lollypop macrumors 6502a


    Sep 13, 2004
    Johannesburg, South Africa
    Try patch burn, it will allow you to use the iApps with 3rd party cd/dvd writers.
  3. GavinT thread starter macrumors member

    I'm a muppet!!

    My brain was in 'Windows' mode... so when I plugged in the drive and powered up, I was expecting to see the drive icon appear on the desktop.
    ..... No wonder nothing happened, there was no disk in the drive.

    I've just fired it up with CDs, so panic over.
    Next problem though is that the drive is still Region Encoded. Not too much of a problem, as it's Japanese. That means all my Japanese and UK DVDs work. My MBP itself is Australian, so it's own Superdrive is Region 4. Means I still have a couple of US Region 1 DVDs that I can't play. Hmmm, need to work out how to fix that.

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