MacBook Air Super Drive hack: other Macs can play!
Doh silly me for thinking it was only _intended_ for MacBook Airs, not _just_ for MBAs! And that it would work on regular computers. After trying it on 2 Macbook Pros, I even removed the drive and tried it in a MacBook Pro thats has PATA optical drive connection. Worked great. So I figured the bridge was not working, even though it shows as a device in System Profiler.
Huh. Well it seems Apple have fixed the firmware of the (PATA) IDE to USB bridge so it only works with Mac Airs.
tnkgrl in a post tells how various methods to overcome this didn't work, such as checking supplied voltage and kexts, and how a hardware hack was required.
If its of interest you can get the required IDE/USB bridge from www.centrix-intl.com/details.asp?productid=3022