7 Replies Latest reply: Apr 30, 2010 2:09 PM by patrick grady
convert? Level 1 Level 1
I accidentally posted this in the pre-2009 forum - so I am posting here to correct -sorry for the duplicate post.

Mac Mini early 2009 - 2.0ghz, 3gb ram, 10.6.2.

I am having a regular problem with the dvd player; I usually get the message "There was an initialization error. A valid video device could not be found for playback. Error 70017" when I start the program.

The DVD drive works wonderfully for reading, burning, etc. If I restart the computer the dvd player usually works for watching movies...if I use Toast, disk utility, or any other dvd related program, the player will now work again. I have tried the pacifist method to reinstall and have deleted every dvd player file I can find.... The same happens when I reset pram. Repairing the drive/repairing permissions is not effective either - sometimes it works for a little while, but the issue always returns.

Any advice? Doesn't seem to be hardware because it works for other programs, but I'd be glad to test that as well.

What's going on here? This is frustrating...I can use any number of other programs to watch movies, but it sure is nice to be able to use dvd player to see which title is playing, etc...plus I just want it to work - after all, isn't that the hook?

Thanks for any advice!

mini 09 and mbpro 13 09, Mac OS X (10.6.2)
  • Dah•veed Level 7 Level 7
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    Two things, have you run the Hardware Test on your Install DVD? Have you tried resetting the Systems Management Controller?

    Dah•veed
  • convert? Level 1 Level 1
    Thanks - tried that last night. Didn't fix it, but after a repair permission following the reset, it now seems to work on and off more rapidly...haven't used it enough to be sure. Using Toast or disk utility seems to impact it as well....
  • massi.rav Level 1 Level 1
    Same problem for me. I have the latest Macmini (320Gb version).
    Initialization error when launching the Apple DVD Player program: initialization error 70017.

    I have repaired permissions and as above suggested I have launched the harware test with no problems identified.
    The Error is still there. No chance to run the Apple dvd player software.

    Any hint?
  • massi.rav Level 1 Level 1
    Forgot to say that my Macmini has no hardware video screen connected. I get the video screen on my Macbook Pro by sharing it via wi-fi.
    Just thinking that the Dvd Player sfw is not running because the Macmini does not have any hardware screen attached. Possible?

    Message was edited by: massi.rav
  • carana Level 1 Level 1
    I'm only guessing here, but I suspect that you are the victim of DRM. Part of the DVI standard is something (which will be corrected if I'm wrong) called HDCP, which looks for a display that has no capacity for recording.

    No display, no DVD playback.

    Try hooking up a DVI monitor to the Mini and see if you get the same error.

    G. Discenza
  • massi.rav Level 1 Level 1
    I think you're right.
    My next trial will be to try and connect a monitor. I'll here know about the result.

    Thanks for your reply.
  • patrick grady Level 1 Level 1
    i too am having problems with my dvd player same as toe others..yet mine is hook up to my plasma tv...has anyone solved it.....