USB DVD drive 2011 MBP - single cable power

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  1. getz76 macrumors 6502a

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    Just for information, the USB ports in the early 2011 MacBook Pro (8,2) are indeed high-powered. I am able to run an external DVD drive (OWC slimline) using a single USB cable instead of the "dual USB" cable usually required for external DVD drives.

    Not that big of a deal, but it is nice to not need a special cable.

    Meanwhile, the Data Doubler installation went without a hitch. OCZ Vertex 2 as a boot drive and Apple SSD in the optical bay.
     
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  3. getz76 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    An install disc? I will try later.
     
  4. PackFan macrumors 6502

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    Doubt it - I tried 2 drives and couldn't get it to work.
     
  5. snaky69 macrumors 603

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    Doubt it, windows cannot boot from externals unlike Linux and OS X
     
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    can you not use rEFIt and burn an iso to a usb disk drive
     
  7. PackFan macrumors 6502

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    Yep - tried that too - didn't work.
     
  8. dagamer34 macrumors 65816

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    Well, then how can you install Windows on a MacBook Air?
     
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    By converting the install disk to a USB I think.
    Edit: I don't think XP can do this (and there aren't XP drivers for the new MBP in Boot Camp). Windows 7 can though.
     
  10. PackFan macrumors 6502

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    I think there is something about the 2011 MBP systems that aren't allowing this... Perhaps a fix will come eventually.
     
  11. getz76 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Whatever it is, it doesn't work. I can confirm that.

    OS X install disc boots properly.
     
  12. thurstmw macrumors newbie

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    I installed windows on a first gen mba using an external drive without a problem.
     
  13. cirus macrumors 6502a

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    This probably has something to do with the external optical drive you used. The ports on the MBP are standard USB 2.0 (max 500 mA) and not USB 3.0 (900 mA).

    Looking at your link it says that the drive is designed to operate off of any USB 2.0 port. (ie. THERE IS NOTHING SPECIAL ABOUT THE USB PORT OF YOUR MAC).
     
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    Yup - but apparently that does not apply to the 2011 MBP...
     
  15. getz76 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Actually, there is something special about them; see here. This was reported days ago. I was just confirming that a DVD drive which usually required a Y-cable USB in order to draw enough power to operate is working over a single cable.
     
  16. cirus macrumors 6502a

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    Did you even read your own link? The 'superslim' OWC USB 2.0 is designed to be functional with only ONE USB port. OWC lists it as compatible with PC and mac and for previous macs (2010 etc.). THIS DVD drive did not need a y-cable USB to function as is specified in the documentation you provided.

    The page lists under power supply

    "Bus Power via USB on most computers with standard USB 2.0 port."

    I'm seeing what you are saying and you seem to be right. However, you seem to have reached your conclusion based on false data. Apple only supports this higher power USB on APPLE devices. (http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4049) This link is for 2010 devices but I will assume it to be true as a non standard power cable would be needed to take the extra power. Plus how someone in the page you linked said that this only worked for his ipad and not other devices.

    "It seems that this extra current is only activated when the laptop actually sees an iPad. I have other USB devises that need 1A, and they will not work. The USB port is maxing out at 500mA. What a bummer. if anyone knows how to hack this and maybe do some light terminal work, I would really appreciate it A LOT!!!"

    All the articles I see seem to be with charging an ipad as fast as a wall charger on USB power. So they are high powered but only high powered for apple devices. YOUR PROOF IS WRONG! (but you were right) Unfortunately, if the proof is wrong then the answer is wrong.
     

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