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DVD Player with imac

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Jun 23, 2009 5:13 PM
I have inherited an iMac from my parents and am using it for my daughter. We cannot play DVD's on it at all. I tried using an external DVD player (and it reads the disc) but it won't play. I actually think I may be missing the Apple DVD Player software as I cannot find it anywhere. I do not have the original discs (parents can't find them). I have searched the internet for a copy of the software but can only find 3.1 (which says my hardware is wrong) and 2.7 which says my OS is wrong.

Can anyone point me in the right direction ??
iMac (Flat Panel) G4 700mghz, Mac OS X (10.3.x)
  • Kenichi Watanabe Level 7 Level 7 (30,005 points)
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    Jun 23, 2009 5:20 PM (in response to jactojabbers)
    You can't download DVD Player. It gets installed as part of the OS installation, but it would not get installed if its optical drive was CD-only, which is possible for that model.

    You can try a third-party DVD player, such as VLC Player.

    http://www.videolan.org/vlc/

    Be sure to get the version that is compatible with Panther (10.3.9), if that's what you have running.
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  • Kenichi Watanabe Level 7 Level 7 (30,005 points)
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    Jun 23, 2009 7:14 PM (in response to jactojabbers)
    I should have asked earlier, but does that external DVD drive connect via USB or FireWire. If it's USB, that iMac G4 model has the older slower USB 1.1, not the current 2.0. The speed of the port is probably not fast enough to allow the software to access the video data at a fast enough rate.

    If the connection is FireWire, it should be fast enough, so we'll have to look elsewhere for the cause of this problem.
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  • Kenichi Watanabe Level 7 Level 7 (30,005 points)
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    Jun 23, 2009 9:54 PM (in response to jactojabbers)
    USB and FireWire are very different in how they operate (it's not just a matter of the connector's shape), so there is no such adapter.

    There's nothing you can do with that external drive, in terms of playing DVD movies from it. If you are handy with taking things apart (and putting them back together), you can probably replace the internal drive, which sounds like it is a CD or CDRW drive (it can't read DVDs), with a DVD-capable drive.

    There are take-apart guides online, such as

    http://www.xlr8yourmac.com/systems/imacg4/imacg4takeapart.html

    (please read it carefully and make sure it is something you can do before trying it)

    Getting to the optical drive is beyond normal user access, so it is not a simple procedure. I have not done it myself, but an optical drive like this will probably work (and it's a super drive).

    http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Pioneer/DVR117DBK/

    Or you can get an external drive that uses FireWire

    http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/firewire/optical-drives/
    Various including Intel iMac, Power Mac G5, Pismo w/G4, Power Mac 8100 w/G3, Mac OS X (10.5.7), also Mac OS X 10.4.11, Mac OS X 10.3.9, and Mac OS 9.x
  • Kenichi Watanabe Level 7 Level 7 (30,005 points)
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    Jun 23, 2009 11:55 PM (in response to jactojabbers)
    No problem. Just one note to add. Although FireWire is definitely fast enough, 700 MHz G4 should be fast enough, and that iMac's graphics hardware should be good enough, it is possible that some combinations of those factors will still not produce good results when playing movie DVDs. The internal optical drive connection is the fastest most efficient connection, and other stock iMac G4 models came with DVD-capable internal drive (and they played DVD movies), so replacing the internal optical drive would be more likely to give you what you want (although an external FireWire drive will probably work too).
    Various including Intel iMac, Power Mac G5, Pismo w/G4, Power Mac 8100 w/G3, Mac OS X (10.5.7), also Mac OS X 10.4.11, Mac OS X 10.3.9, and Mac OS 9.x

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