4 Replies Latest reply: Dec 21, 2007 11:25 AM by ang_tur31
ang_tur31 Level 1 (0 points)
I am very unfamiliar with macs (this is my significant other's), but even he can't figure it out; I have a dvd player on my power book g4, and it has worked in the past, but now all of a sudden it does not work; I browsed through the forum here, tried the few suggestions (about removing the lexar thing--and holding down apple/alt while rebooting), but neither worked; again, I am very stupid when it comes to macs so maybe I was not doing those suggestions properly/looking in the right spot, but I am very frustrated and would really appreciate any help...but dummy it down for me please! --like if you could tell me step by step where to go to find something, it would help a lot!!

p.s. when I put the dvd in, it shows up on my desktop, but does not play; when I click on the icon, it just brings up all these folders (like video/audio), and will not play.

power book g4, Mac OS X (10.3.x)
  • BGreg Level 6 (17,495 points)
    Welcome to the Apple discussions.

    When you go into system preferences (click the light switch with the apple on it), and click CD's and DVD's, what does it say for 'when you insert a DVD'?

    When the DVD shows on the desktop, have you clicked on your mac hard drive icon, click applications, click DVD player, then once loaded, click file, open and point to the DVD or the video_TS file on the DVD?
  • ang_tur31 Level 1 (0 points)

    When I go to system preferences it says when you insert a video dvd "open dvd player" is the option selected;

    and when I go into the mac hard drive icon, then applications, the dvd player is not there....any more suggestions??
  • BGreg Level 6 (17,495 points)
    Do you have any other applications to watch DVDs on the system? Somehow DVD player is missing in action! To make sure there's nothing wrong with the system, if you don't have anything else to watch DVD's with, download VLC for Panther (OS X 10.3) from http://download.videolan.org/pub/videolan/vlc/0.8.6c/macosx/vlc-0.8.6c-powerpc.d mg . It's a good general purpose video viewer.

    Once downloaded, go into system preferences again, click CDs and DVDs, click on the drop down menu on insert a video DVD, choose open other application, then choose VLC (you want to highlight the application with the orange and white traffic cone icon).

    When you insert a DVD movie, VLC should come up, but it may not start the movie automatically. If not, just click on the large 'play' triangle, it will bring up another window, click on disk, that will bring up another window, just click OK, and your DVD movie should start playing.

    Does that work?
  • ang_tur31 Level 1 (0 points)
    Yes, it worked!! Thank you so much! I would have never been able to figure that out myself...and thank you for the very detailed instructions...they were very much appreciated!