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MacBook and Mad Dog Multimedia Compatible?

Hi- I have a new MacBook OS X 10.5.1 and I need to get an external burner drive to burn DVDs.  I am interested in the Mad Dog Multimedia MegaStore 18x Triple Format DVD +- RW External Drive.  My question is:  will this work on my Mac?  I'm desperate to get this question answered!

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I have been using my Mad Dog External CD/DVD burner for serveral years now on both Mac & PC. However, I do have intermittant issues when the computer recognizes the Mad Dog but my software does not (Toast). There is no driver for Mac as far as I know. I called Mad Dog one time and they rudely suggested that Mac does not need a driver and that I should know that. No help at all!!! I will try the suggestion for PCs to turn everything off, turn on the Mad Dog, then boot my computer and see if that works. Does anyone else use a Mac and have more solutions?????

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Re: MacBook and Mad Dog Multimedia Compatible?

According to (check the requirements tab, note that it doesn't work on firefox due to bad coding), it only supports Windows 2000 and Windows XP (even though it doesn't say so, it's likely it's also supported by Windows 98 and Vista) but unless someone made drivers for mac os x, it doesn't look like it'll work.

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