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Use/share another computer's DVD drive?

Hello there,

I own a late 2008 15" MacBook Pro and I am running both Macintosh and Windows XP (using Boot camp). I am trying to install Windows 7 but unfortunately my DVD Drive has gone south (keeps ejecting CDs and stuff, so it needs fixing or replacing). I have two other computers that are connected to my network and I heard I can use either one's DVD drive as my own.

On my Desktop Computer, I right clicked the DVD-ROM then properties and then I enabled sharing. I inserted Windows 7's DVD and it ran just fine. However, I don't want to continue the process due to one problem, of course my computer will need to restart in order to continue the installation, but how am I going to still be connected to my other computer's DVD drive after I restart? Which means it will not detect LAN except if I go into Macintosh or Windows.

I hope you understood what I mean. And what I meant was, after the computer restarts, it'll probably not be connected to the internet/network anymore until I boot into an Operating System.

Any ideas or solutions will be greatly appreciated.

Thanks a lot in advance.

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We Do It Differently Here..

In reply to: Use/share another computer's DVD drive?

First, I'm not sure it's possible to install the Windows 7 operating system over a shared network drive although I'm not that familiar with the ways of MAC.

Instead, we do a simple, temporary hardware change by removing the DVD/CD drive from one computer, then swap it into the machine where the install will take place. It takes a few minutes to perform the procedure and guarantees the installation will be correctly done. When we're done, we swap the drive back again.

Of course, the best solution is to replace the DVD/CD drive with a new one that works.. They're fairly cheap.

Hope this helps.


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I'm not sure you understood me

In reply to: We Do It Differently Here..

My desktop computer's DVD drive is working fine while my MacBook Pro's is not. An early 2008 15" MacBook Pro's optical drive costs well over $149 USD. How am I going to swap (or use) the DVD drive and connect it to my MacBook Pro? Is there a certain cable that allows me to do so?

Thank you for replying.

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Are you sure.

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Wow, awesome, thank you so much!

In reply to: Are you sure.

Thank you so much, but I swear the one I saw before was around $149. So anyway, it says:

# Notes:
# Apple P/N: 678-0551A
# Hitachi/LG Model: GWA-4080MB
# Fits Apple MacBook and MacBook Pro 13, 15, and 17-inch 1st generation models

Does that mean it'll fit my MacBook Pro? Mine is an early 08 MacBook Pro 15", I think that's the first generation (non-aluminum) right?

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To confirm this.

In reply to: Wow, awesome, thank you so much!

Track down MACFIXIT in one of the Cnet Apple forums. I know that 50 to 80 tops is what we pay for slot loading drives for these apple machines.

MACFIXIT knows this area better than I.

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