utm_source=xlr8yourmac&APC=XLR8YourMac13">Samsung (SAMSHS222LBEBSL) IDE/ATAPI 'Super-MultiDrive' DVD DL/CD with LightScribe
These drives function extremely well and fast for ripping, and burning on pretty much any media I have thrown at them, and they are generally quieter than the Superdrive that came with my machine.
There is one major downside though, the drives will not allow my computer to sleep on idle with 10.5.8 or 10.6.2 (virgin OS installs, with no other components connected to the machine, etc); sleep still works with 10.5.4.
(BTW - Not sure what changed in the OS to affect this but asked if he tried clearing the nvram. (may not help at all, just one of the old voodoo tips.)
Athough I never set any of my macs to auto-sleep (after xx idle time) I noted at the main site back in 2009 IIRC that after some other owner comments on this issue (cant recall now what OS X 10.5.x version it was then) that my 2009 Mac Pro would not go into "auto" sleep (after exceeding a set idle time in Energy Saver prefs) - not an issue for me as again I always selected manual (menu) sleep when needed. No issues with that seen with my OEM drives or the (SATA) LG BR/DVD Combo drive I used with it (a BR burner + HD-DVD reader model, which was replaced by faster/non-HD DVD models later). Although I'd had no issues with it internally, I eventually moved it to an OWC Quad-Interface external case kit so that it could be used with other machines.-M)
Sleep also occurs when there are discs in the drive, but not when they are empty. When they are empty, just as the machine is powering down for sleep, you can hear the drives being accessed which causes the machine to spin back up. This cycle continues indefinitely.
Obviously Apple will not be doing anything about this, as they are 3rd party drives, and Samsung blames the OS. I found pretty much no information on this anywhere on the web. (On your specific drive model I assume, but Optical Drive sleep issues have been noted here for many many years (even long before mac pros were made) - last common mac pro issue reported here I think though was on a Pioneer BDR-205 drive model a couple years ago.-M) I had to burn some empty discs and leave them in the machine all the time, setting Finder to not show CDs/DVDs on the desktop and I almost can forget there is an issue, except when I hear the drives spinning up and accessing the discs.
(BTW - years ago the more common optical drive sleep issue was leaving Discs IN the drive for long idle periods. (In some cases disablng ES sleep helped, others not. FAQ has an old tip/script that 'tickles' the optical drive to prevent sleep - someone may have done something more modern since then.-M)
Was hoping it could be put in the archives so that it might come up on a search for some people.
It may not matter but just for the record, I asked him to check ASP and send the firmware version of the drives. (There may or may not be an update- and even if so it may not affect this, plus you'd need bootcamp/windows to update the drives typically.)
OWC's product page has some notes/links at the bottom - including a FYI on disabling Energy Saver sleep with OS X/Mac Pros.
Granted this has not always solved issues with optical drive sleep in the past (going back many many years as noted in reports going back nearly a decade).
If any other reader is using this drive in a Mac Pro let me know if you have similar sleep issues.
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