Thursday, August 6, 2009

Using Remote Disc on non MacBook Air

If you have a Mac that doesn't have an optical drive, or your optical drive has failed, or for whatever reason your OSX machine doesn't have an optical drive, you can access a CD / DVD read-only on another OSX or windoze windows machine.

First setup the share.

On a Mac go to System Preferences > Sharing and select "DVD or CD Sharing".

For windows follow the instructions.

If your OSX machine is not a MacBook air, to access Remote Disc you need to run two commands in Terminal:

defaults write EnableODiskBrowsing -bool true
defaults write ODSSupported -bool true

Then, restart.

To use Remote Disc

select it in the Finder.

If, on the machine sharing out the Disc, you have selected the "ask" you'll need to click "Ask to use...". While this is kind of good for security, though no username / password is required, its tedious because every time you click on the Remote Disc you have to ask, and the request has to be accepted

after you click on "Ask to use.." it goes off and asks for permission

when the permission is granted, you then have access.

The dics shows up in the finder. This is only an example... you cannot play a commercial DVD, burn a CD, browse or play music remotely. You should be able to play non-commercial ones over Remote Disc..


Trevor Bakker said...

This is incredibly useful - my CD/DVD drive broke and I so rarely need to use it that it wasn't worth replacing out of warranty. Thank you!

Unknown said...

I am somewhat technologically illiterate. Your instructions were clear and concise. You saved the day! Many, many thanks!

Unknown said...

Ditto what Trevor said for me - this is a huge help. Thanks!

Ben said...

Just tried this on Lion 10.7 and it works there too.

I've created an Automator App that configures it for you, without a restart.

You can find it here.

Anonymous said...

Great stuff - thanks!

Anonymous said...

Could you please tell me how to undo these commands in terminal? I used them on both machines, but ironically could only get the remote disc working on the iMac with the working CD/DVD. The old intel machine with the useless DVD reader remains impassive and unable to "see" the working drive. Ouch.