Recently I purchased a Mac Mini base model and need to access several CD to install software (for a Dell S2230MX monitor and the wireless router)

As is known by some, the Mac Mini does not come with CD / DVD. I searched the site search how to install software on the Mac Mini but came up blank. As I understand it, but with a Macbook can install programs on the Mac Mini from it's DVD drive.

I do not want to buy a super drive from Apple to fix this. How do I set things up?

  • É melhor você perguntar em inglês.
    – lhf
    Aug 6 '12 at 19:03
  • If I am reading the translation correctly, the monitor needs drivers? Have you tried plugging in the display already? Unless the display has very special features, it should 'just work'.
    – jmlumpkin
    Aug 7 '12 at 12:41
  • No. The monitor does not need drives. I need to know how to install softwares on the MacMini using the Macbook. Such as the installation CD for Dell monitor and a Linksys Wireless router. Sorry for the translation. Thank you very much. I will follow the information given by SSteve and read the article. Thanks again.
    – Neide Dias
    Aug 7 '12 at 14:56

You need to share the optical drive from the MacBook. Go to System Preferences -> Sharing -> and turn on "DVD or CD sharing". There's more information in this Apple support article.

  • Do I need any kind of cable?
    – Neide Dias
    Aug 7 '12 at 12:19
  • No, not for sharing. Just both devices need to be on the same network.
    – jmlumpkin
    Aug 7 '12 at 12:40
  • You can always connect an ethernet cable or firewire cable between the two macs and open network preferences on each. As long as the network connection is green or yellow - the two devices will talk to each other well enough to run the Remote Disk software.
    – bmike
    Aug 15 '12 at 17:38

On your MacBook open the Terminal and type this

defaults write com.apple.NetworkBrowser EnableODiskBrowsing -bool true
defaults write com.apple.NetworkBrowser ODSSupported -bool true

Then you will be able to turn on CD/DVD Sharing via the Sharing System Preferences panel.

On your Mac Mini you should then be able to install from the DVD that's in the MacBook's drive.

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