MBA SuperDrive... Anyone figure it out?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by OldSkoolNJ, Feb 21, 2008.

  1. OldSkoolNJ macrumors 6502


    Jul 10, 2006
    Just wondering if anyone has written anything to make it work with other Macs yet? Anyone figure out what restricts it from working with other machines? I would love to replace the beast of an external drive I have with this beautiful piece of work. I don't use the external a lot but enough I want one around. At the same time anyone figure out how to make the GUI interface of remote disk work with other machines? I know there is way to remote disk anything and have done it before but the GUI they added to this service is beatiful for the MBA. I would love to be able to use either of these things with out the MBA. Thanks guys

    Kevin :apple:
  2. ahaxton macrumors 6502a

    Jan 17, 2008
    The MBA has a special high powered USB port that can power the superdrive.
  3. OldSkoolNJ thread starter macrumors 6502


    Jul 10, 2006
    Ok so someone just needs to make some sort of Hi Powered Hub or a cable Adapter that can power it for other Macs. I hope someone sees a market for this. There is such a good sized market for this to work with other Macs. I can tell you that from personal experience from my shop. Someone get on this quick!

    Question - Does the Mac see it at all when it is plugged in to it? (other than the MBA that is)

    Kevin :apple:
  4. ModestPenguin macrumors 6502


    Mar 5, 2006
    its not hard, i mean i took a core2duo and made it into a blisterpack that I power using both the usb and the firewire ports on my friends 12" PB G4.

    give me a soldering iron and 2 weeks,
  5. riyadc2 macrumors newbie

    Feb 14, 2008
    If its only a power issue and not a driver issue something like this should make it work on other computers.
  6. Adokimus macrumors 6502a


    Jun 2, 2007
    Boston, MA
    I believe that it is a driver issue. Some people have already tried powered USB hubs to no avail. I'm not sure if this is the same under bootcamp, but I would imagine it is.
  7. notsofatjames macrumors 6502a


    Jan 11, 2007
    Wales, UK
    Somewhere I read that it wasn't a power issue but a driver issue. System profiler shows same power consumption as any other device.
  8. iHerzeleid macrumors 6502a


    May 5, 2007

  9. OldSkoolNJ thread starter macrumors 6502


    Jul 10, 2006
    Okkkk .. so its back to software. So does anyone know anyone trying to work on this? ANy mentions on the net?

    I would like to follow progress.


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