I bought an external cd drive in order to load snow leopard but the cd drive does not show up on the desktop. The cd drive is a panasonic which is supposed to be compatible with mac os x.
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The drive came with 2 usb cables one for data and one for power, both are plugged in. I don't know what the problem is or where to proceed from here. This was supposed to be simple. DeltaMac Tech Jun 25, The drive doesn't do much of anything unless you have a disk in the drive. When your external drive plugged in to your MacBook, click on the Apple menu, and choose About this Mac, and then click on the More Info button. That should launch the System Profiler. Click on USB from the list on the left.
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If you have a disk in the drive, click on the CD drive listing, and you should see information about the disk, too. And, you should see that disk appear on the desktop. That's assuming that the finder settings are set to show a CD. That might even be turned off in the Finder Preferences. I opened system profiler and looked under usb but the device is not shown. I have put in a cd but it doesn't show up on the desktop.
Finder preferences are set to indicate that cds are to show up on the screen when loaded. What am I missing? Try your external drive in a different computer. It doesn't have to be a Mac, and you need to find out if it does work on another computer. It's also possible that the drive just doesn't get enough power from the USB ports.
You would usually get a message that there's not enough power or the device requires more power - or something similar to that.
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I tried plugging the usb data cable from the device into my laptop and the usb power cable into my powered usb hub and I get nothing. I am stumped. I realise if I'd first tried it with the mains power plugged in then I'd never have understood why it didn't work another time without the power supply. When having some difficulty with an external drive, try using a different power cord. Presto change-oh, it now works.
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Also Ive tried to find information on the disk drive and I cant find anywhere that tells me the drives region code! For instance, a couple years ago, my uncle got a new MBP that didn't have the CD super drive built in. So he bought the external apple super drive. I thought, one friday when they were out at a live music thing, Hmm let's see what happens if I plug this drive into my older MBP.
I plugged it in, and it would activate, but when I put the disc into the drive and let it do it's thing, nothing happened. I couldn't eject the disc, and the only way to do it was to restart the mac and hold down the eject key on the keyboard, and it would pop out the disc. The best thing I can tell you is that these drives sometimes do not work with older machines, I have no idea why, but they don't. I told my uncle what happened, and he was like "hmm that's weird.
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Maybe try buying the apple super drive and see if it works. Hi all, I tried all the suggestions here, and none of it is working: My computer is not showing that it recognizes it anywhere. I had the exact same problem as 8. I turned the drive upside down with the Apple icon underneath instead of on top. Now the top is silver in color and without any graphics or markings. However, it puzzles me that even when it's working, there is nothing visible on the screen.
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