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Question: Play DVD's Problem: PowerBook G3 Lombard / Bronze Keyboard 400MHz

I have a Powerbook G3 Lombard / Bronze keyboard with the following specifications:

400MHz processor

128GB Hard Drive

512MB RAM

OS X 10.4.11

OS 9.2.2


I've read online that this model will play DVD's only if booted into the classic Mac OS (8.6-9.2.2). This is because the 400MHz model includes onboard MPEG-2 decoding.

I've tried to watch a DVD by booting into classic mode (OS 9.2.2) while in OS X, but I just get this message:

"That application or control panel is not supported by Classic."

I've also tried to watch a DVD by booting directly into OS 9.2.2, but this just gives me an error message that reads:

"This Macintosh does not support the Apple DVD Player. Error number (301)."

I even tried watching a DVD while booted only into OS X, but get an error message that reads:

"There was an initialization error. The current machine or system configuration is not supported. [-70013]"

Does anyone now how I can watch DVD's on my Powerbook G3 Lombard? Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

PowerBook, Mac OS X (10.4.11), 400MHz Lombard / Bronze Keyboard

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Apr 7, 2018 8:21 AM in response to rusticmountain In response to rusticmountain

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I decided to erase the partition I had OS 9.2.2 on and reinstall the operating system.
I only had the OS and one application installed on this partition so doing this wasn’t a big deal.
Post reinstallation of the OS and Apple DVD Player 1.3 I'm happy to report I can now watch DVD’s on my Lombard!


Here’s what I did differently that I think solved the problem:
I had initially installed MAC OS 9.2.2 Universal (2013 edition) which I had downloaded from the Macintosh Repository.
I noticed in the notes about this edition of OS 9.2.2 it stated:


“If you want a way more successful Mac OS 9.2.2 boot CD, try the Mac OS 9.2.2 universal boot CD (2002 edition).”


That got me to wondering if the 2013 edition was somehow the problem?
Therefore, for my second installation I used MAC OS 9.2.2 Universal (2002 edition) which I also downloaded from the Macintosh Repository.
This version of the OS worked like a charm!
I’m watching DVD’s just fine now. (When booted directly into OS 9.2.2) 😀

Apr 7, 2018 8:21 AM

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Apr 7, 2018 4:10 PM in response to rusticmountain In response to rusticmountain

Thank you for the update and progress report.


In so much as the 'repository archive' is Apple

you may wish to send Feedback to their page

even though older items are not listed in there.


Mac systems feedback:

Feedback - macOS - Apple


main page - product feedback:

Product Feedback - Apple


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Question: Play DVD's Problem: PowerBook G3 Lombard / Bronze Keyboard 400MHz