1. BGrewer's Avatar
    Today I received a Samsung ultra thin DVD writer for my Pro 3 (from Amazon) I plugged it in inserted the installation disk, it then ran for about 30 seconds before stopping (green light in top left corner turned off). I then tried this with another disk (Plants vs Zombies) again, it ran for about 30 seconds before stopping. I tried this with and without the charger plugged in and still the disk wont run.

    Does anyone know if (and how) I can run disks without it stopping, if I can't are there any reliable (possibly cheap?) CD/DVD drives which do work with the Pro 3???
    06-29-2015 10:58 AM
  2. anders.ostling's Avatar
    I doubt that the usb port can deliver enough power to drive an cd or dvd drive. That was my experience with the same type of drive.

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    06-29-2015 11:20 AM
  3. BGrewer's Avatar
    Have you got a different CD/DVD drive that works well with the Surface?
    06-29-2015 12:36 PM
  4. Dirigent82's Avatar
    I'm pretty sure you'll need to have a separate power source for most external CD/DVD drives. I own this one: Pioneer 8x External USB 3.0 QuadLayer Bluray Disc DL DVDRWCDRW Drive Silver BDR-XD05S - Best Buy

    It has a USB cable that terminates in a Y connection, with 2 female USB connections. I plug one into my SP3 and the other into a USB cable that goes to an AC adapter. I tried using it without the external power source, but it didn't function properly.

    It works great now. It might be more than you need though, if you don't want blu-ray. I assume most CD/DVD drives will have this similar Y connection.
    06-29-2015 07:19 PM

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