Superdrive...does it work through hubs/on other systems?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Wolfpup, Jul 29, 2011.

  1. Wolfpup macrumors 68030

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    Another dumb question! I'd never thought to question this, but I've heard someone claim the Superdrive won't work through a powered USB hub or on other computers-not even a Macbook Pro?

    Is that true? Only the Air/Mini, and only connected directly?

    I would regularly have keyboard, mouse, Ethernet, Superdrive, 1-2 iPods, and 1-2 hard drives connected to my Air, so you can see my need for hubs :-D

    I suppose I would just buy a USB Blu Ray drive...but from my experience, USB optical drives are super flaky, and I'm hoping Apple's is actually reliable...I hope.
     
  2. KPOM macrumors G5

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    Yes, that's correct. It works only with Macs that don't have internal optical drives. It requires slightly more power than a typical USB device, and only those Macs deliver the right amount of power and have the proper driver support.
     
  3. Wolfpup thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Yikes! Not even powered hubs? Well, thanks :(

    Guess that means one of the two ports ends up as a dedicated DVD connection, while the other handles...uh...up to 7 other devices! :D

    Of course theoretically Blu Ray/DVD + Ethernet, etc. could go on the Thunderbolt connection, but...not yet anyway.
     

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