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Can i watch DVD's on my iMAC OS X  10.3

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I want to want a DVD on my iMAC and when I put the disc in it ejects it.
Power PC G3, Mac OS X (10.3.x)
  • Texas Mac Man Level 8 Level 8 (44,245 points)
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    Aug 25, 2010 2:58 PM (in response to moblest)
    What model G3 iMac do you have? Many of the early G3 iMacs only had a CD-ROM, which only reads CDs.

     Cheers, Tom

     G4 1.25MHz MDD, G3 400 FW Pismo,, Mac OS X (10.5.6), OS 10.4.11/9.2.2, Canon LiDE30 Scanner, Canon i960 Printer, Belkin UPS
  • Texas Mac Man Level 8 Level 8 (44,245 points)
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    Aug 26, 2010 6:26 AM (in response to moblest)
    10.3.9 is Panther, the operating system & not your Mac model. Click on the Apple in the menu & click on about this Mac. What is the processor speed in MHz?

     Cheers, Tom
     G4 1.25MHz MDD, G3 400 FW Pismo,, Mac OS X (10.5.6), OS 10.4.11/9.2.2, Canon LiDE30 Scanner, Canon i960 Printer, Belkin UPS
  • Allan Jones Level 7 Level 7 (29,585 points)
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    Aug 27, 2010 11:10 AM (in response to moblest)
    400 MHz


    Very good start. The G3 iMacs were made before the DVD optical drive became as ubiquitous as it is today. A DVD-ROM was the only version offered and was a very price upcharge in 2000. Your iMac may have only a CD-ROM or a CD-R drive.

    Do that "About this Mac..." thing again and, this time, click on the "More Info..." button in the same window where you found your processor speed. That should bring up System Profiler. On the left side of the System Profiler pane, select "ATA" from the list. It should show two ATA buses. One should show info on your had drive and the other for your optical drive.

    I can;t give you the exact format because out only Panther 10.3.9 Mac is currently lending its monitor to another computer, but the info for the optical drive should look something like this, from my G4 tower running Tiger:

    HL-DT-ST RW/DVD GCC-4480B:

    Capacity: 383.89 MB
    Model: HL-DT-ST RW/DVD GCC-4480B
    Revision: 1.03
    Serial Number:
    Removable Media: Yes
    Detachable Drive: No
    BSD Name: disk2
    Protocol: ATAPI
    Unit Number: 0
    Socket Type: Internal
    OS9 Drivers: No
    S.M.A.R.T. status: Not Supported

    From that, we should be able to figure out if you have a DVD or not.
    PowerMac G4 MDD 1.25G SP;, Mac OS X (10.4.11), ; MacBookPro Late2007 2.2G 15" (10.5.8); PowerBook G4 1Ghz 17" (10.4.11)

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