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Re: MacBook Air External DVD Drive - 04-22-2009, 06:34 PM
The drive controller is just locked to the Air. You can actually replace it with a generic $9 controller and it'll work on any system. Once again, lame Apple lock-in.
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Re: MacBook Air External DVD Drive - 04-24-2009, 12:15 AM
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Re: MacBook Air External DVD Drive - 04-27-2009, 01:58 PM
A couple of notes...
1) I did the Tnkgrl modification because it was cheaper, and I did it without having to relocate the crystal. (Details below.)
2) I enabled the MacBook Air SuperDrive to play DVD movies by altering a system file with software. (Again, details below.)
First, here are my notes regarding how to do the Tnkgrl mod without having to relocate the crystal:
I did the mod WITHOUT moving the crystal. Instead I removed the RIGHT HALF of the internal soft plastic which keeps the cable in. (The white plastic retainer has two â€świngsâ€ť that stick out right and left, and I removed the right â€świng.â€ť Keep in mind that itâ€™s the right-hand-side when the BACK of the open upside-down unit is facing you, i.e., the cable exits the upside down unit in your direction.) Then I very carefully routed the cable wires around (actually above) the crystal. I used a piece of insulating plastic (duct-tape or electrical tape will work fine) to keep the cable from touching the crystal, but Iâ€™m just very careful. It reassembled just fine. The cable is unaffected otherwise (i.e., isnâ€™t loose). Success! One more [tiny] tipâ€¦ I used small fingernail scissors to gently cut away the soft internal plastic I mentioned.
1) In the finder choose Go>Go to Folder. Paste in "/System/Library/Frameworks/DVDPlayback.framework/Versions/A" (without quotes), hit enter. 2) Go to File>Get Info, give yourself read/write permissions for the folder so you can modify it. Highlight the file "DVDPlayback," go to File>Get Info, and similarly give yourself read/write permissions for the file. 3) Then again highlight the file "DVDPlayback" and choose File>Duplicate, so you have a backup copy in case something goes wrong. 4) You'll need a hex editor. I recommend 0xED (http://www.suavetech.com/0xed/0xed.html). 5) Open the file DVDPlayback with your Hex Editor. Go to Edit>Find>Find... Set search mode to text, enter "Internal" for the Find field and "External" for the Replace field (again, no quotes). Hit replace all, and you should see four occurrences of the word "Internal" replaced by "External," then save and close. 6) Repair Permissions for your hard drive in disk utility, and the external DVD Drive should work now for playing DVDs. If something goes wrong, delete the file DVDPlayback and rename DVDPlayback Copy to DVDPlayback.
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