DVD Superdrive now does not work in OSX El Capitan

Discussion in 'OS X El Capitan (10.11)' started by hounsome, Oct 5, 2015.

  1. hounsome macrumors newbie

    Oct 3, 2015
    i have an external Apple Superdrive and now can not get it to work on my late 2011 MacBook Pro. i have removed the one from inside the machine as heeded extra hard drive space. had it working fine before the upgrade.

    please help
  2. Sirious macrumors 65816


    Jan 2, 2013
    United Kingdom
    Do you have another Mac you can use to confirm that El Cap caused the issue?
  3. hounsome thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 3, 2015
    no but it worked fine before but not after and its the only change
  4. OllyW Moderator


    Staff Member

    Oct 11, 2005
    The Black Country, England
  5. chrfr macrumors 604

    Jul 11, 2009
    The 2011 Macbook Pro doesn't officially support the USB DVD drive, so you'd have had to do some system modification to make it work previously.
    Google led me to this page: http://www.hardturm.ch/luz/2011/10/how-to-make-the-macbook-air-superdrive-work-with-any-mac/
    which has information on how to make it work, but in order to use it you need to disable the the new System Integrity Protection features in 10.11 and modify a system file.
  6. chrfr macrumors 604

    Jul 11, 2009
    It's different in this case since the OP in this thread is trying to use the Superdrive on an unsupported computer. It doesn't work out of the box this way, but there is a workaround I linked above.
  7. Macdctr macrumors 6502

    Nov 25, 2009
    I had the same exact issue when I upgraded to El Capitan on my 13 inch MacBook pro and did the following to get my MacBook Air Superdrive to work in El Capitan...

    *** You first need to disable SIP in El Capitan otherwise you won't be able to do the following steps. ***

    **** I first followed this guide to add the "mbasd=1" into the com.apple.Boot.plist file. Here is the link I followed: http://www.hardturm.ch/luz/2011/10/how-to-make-the-macbook-air-superdrive-work-with-any-mac/

    **** I then ran into an issue with my DVD Player and had an initialization error [-70012] so I researched further and found this thread: http://macenstein.com/default/2011/07/how-to-get-your-external-super-drive-working-in-lion/

    Following the procedures outlined by both threads, I was able to fully restore the functionality of using my MacBook Air Superdrive on my MacBook Pro.

    Initially when I tried using my DVD Player after performing the first procedure, I ran into a glitch in El Capitan and got a DVD Initialization error [-70012] and couldn't play any DVDs which led me to the second link above...

    To correct the DVD Player Initialization error the second procedure has you using a hex editor. Follow the procedure to the letter because when you make changes using the hex editor, you can cause damage to the file so having a backup of the "DVDPlayback" file is highly recommended. I used 0xed hex editor which I found to be much easier to use than HexEdit. http://www.suavetech.com/0xed/0xed.html

    1) When using the Hex Editor (from the procedure mentioned above), you end up navigating to System -> Library -> Frameworks -> DVDPlayback.framework -> Versions -> A

    2) copy the DVDPlayback file inside the folder labeled "A" and make a backup. Rename the file DVDPlayback.bak or something like that. I also looked at the permissions to this file and enabled read & write for everyone so that I could modify this file.

    3) Then just follow the procedure outlined in the second link I provided above and you should be good to go.

    Hope this helps you guys/gals :)
  8. Riwam macrumors 6502a


    Jan 7, 2014
    Basel, Switzerland
    I admire very much your explanation.
    I also admire the great variety of your Macs, you own almost the entire history of Apple!
    Allow me to point in your signature to a small thing to correct.
    The processors of your MacPro are "Xeon". Xenon is a gas... and the name of an old photographic german lens of the Gauss type.
  9. Macdctr, Dec 18, 2015
    Last edited: Dec 18, 2015

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