can't find usable optical drives on os x

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stigcrafter
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can't find usable optical drives on os x

Post by stigcrafter » Mon Apr 01, 2019 2:53 am

I recently got an Asus BW-16D1HT and a powered adapter for it for my macbook pro, and while the laptop itself can use the drive, Make MKV keeps giving scanning it, then throwing up the error "program can't find any usable optical drives", even when I flashed it with both 3.02 and 3.01 firmware, and used dvds, Blurays and uhd blu rays (which is obv kind of irrevlevant as the issue is between the drive and program).

Can anyone think of a solve? Most threads related to this are about Linux or Windows directories, so I can't think why it would get this error on os x?

Woodstock
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Re: can't find usable optical drives on os x

Post by Woodstock » Mon Apr 01, 2019 1:42 pm

The problem is the same for all the operating systems - MakeMKV asks if there are optical drives, and the operating system says "Nope, you can't see any".

The usual issue is permissions; Windows will not show an optical drive to anyone but an Administrator, for example, or any remote user, without modifying system permissions. I suspect that's the same issue with MacOS.
How to aid in finding the answer to your problem: https://www.makemkv.com/faq/item/8

stigcrafter
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Re: can't find usable optical drives on os x

Post by stigcrafter » Sun Apr 07, 2019 6:48 am

Woodstock wrote:
Mon Apr 01, 2019 1:42 pm
The problem is the same for all the operating systems - MakeMKV asks if there are optical drives, and the operating system says "Nope, you can't see any".

The usual issue is permissions; Windows will not show an optical drive to anyone but an Administrator, for example, or any remote user, without modifying system permissions. I suspect that's the same issue with MacOS.
How would I go about addressing the issue on OS X tho? What would the mac equivalent of running as administrator be? All I can think of is trying to repair disk permissions, but apparently that's done automatically on mojave.

PaulM2019
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Re: can't find usable optical drives on os x

Post by PaulM2019 » Thu May 09, 2019 12:32 am

I don't know if this is relevant for you, but I had a very similar problem, and solved it tonight. There was some piece of copy protection software, ProTec6, which had gotten installed by something I used, into /mybootdrive/Library/StartupItems folder. I found it by chasing down some different web discussions, since the drive was visible to OSX, and could mount BD disks with no issue, but was TOTALLY UNAVAILABLE to MakeMKV.

Nuked software -- reboot -- JOY UNBOUNDED!!

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