I know this is probably a long shot but I figured I'd ask you guys just in case. I have an old HP 8200-series external USB CD-writer. It's not recognized by OS X. Is there any way to work around this?
I was afraid someone would say that. Time to do surgery on the ol' iMac, then. I was hoping that getting this cd-writer to work would delay the inevitable. Oh, well. Dual-layer replacement superdrive, here we come.
Okay. So we've all determined that my cd-writer is almost worthless.
Can you guys recommend replacement superdrives? I'm considering DL versions from both Pioneer and LG. Then, I think I'll try my hand at taking this bad boy apart with xlr8yourmac.com's direction. (A Mac service center wanted-- hold your breath-- about 400 bucks to replace the superdrive.)
I just bought a 16x DVD-R drive from ZipZoomFly for less than $60. Its the NEC ND-3520A, and is one of the first on the market to support the new DVD-R DL standard (well, it will be, when there is media available and a firmware update is released). Here's a review: