Summary: i need help. I am new to laptops. I bought this dvd writer thinking I could play dvds. when I put in a cd it comes up with options to play burn or whatever. when I insert a dvd nothing happens so I goto my computer and open it under the dvd but it only gives me files?
Summary: This product is non-functional. It worked once and never again. The light glows briefly, then stops and shuts off as my (windows 8, and less than a year old) computer refuses to recognize the device. Also, LG constantly badgers me about updates. Oh wow... I totally want all these awesome updates from a company that apparently produced a CD drive that doesn't work. Either mine is defective, or this particular product was intended as a decorative item.
Cons: Mac users: First, thanks Wesley J. (1/11/2014) for the workaround on the empty drive not being recognized by the Mac Finder when empty. Here's an even more convenient workaround. (I'm using it with a Mac Mini):
Summary: This DVD player/writer is primarily designed to be portable and is best suited for notebooks and lap tops; however, there is no problem hooking it up to a desk top machine, and it comes with software for both PC's and Mac's, working with a whole array of Windows operating systems from Windows 8.1 on down. This unit does not come with its own power cord, and a powered USB connection is required; it will not operate if plugged into a USB bank that is not powered.
Summary: I don't know why people say it doesn't work on macs. It has worked on my old MacBook Pro with Lion, our newest (with all bells and whistles) mac laptop with Mavericks, and our newest desktop iMac (loaded) with Mavericks too! We first bought it because buying an external external disc drive was cheaper than getting the one fixed in the MacBook Pro.
External better and cheaper then replacing internal cd drive
3 May 2014
Summary: Loaded my whole cd collection and couple were double disckers on my ITunes since my internal DVD drive went out I bought this external writer and so far so good for 40$ you can't beat that price cheaper then replacing your laptops internal cd/dvd drive
Summary: I bought one of these from my local retailer because I needed to burn 50 music CDs for wedding favors and didn't want to put unnecessary strain on my 7 year-old optical internal laptop drive. Enter this product. It seemed good out of the box, but my MacBook Pro only recognized it as a CD drive about 1/2 of the time I tried to burn CDs.