External USB DVD-ROM on 333Mhz iMac?

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by sigamy, Oct 25, 2004.

  1. macrumors 65816

    Mar 7, 2003
    NJ USA
    Would a Rev D iMac (333Mhz, tray loading CD) running Panther be able to play DVD movies thru a USB DVD-ROM drive? Or is USB too slow?
  2. macrumors 603

    Aug 15, 2001
    The Cool Part of CA, USA
    Well, although a video DVD theoretically needs 11Mbit of data, which USB1 can supply, I don't think you'd be able to watch video anyway--if memory serves, earlier G3s like the iMac you're talking about needed hardware help to play a DVD, which wouldn't be supported.

    There is a hack to try and help computers that old play DVDs:


    ...but reports there say that you'll probably have trouble on anything less than a 400MHz G3, so I wouldn't get my hopes up.

    The only bright side is that an external USB case only runs around $40, and a drive can be had for $60 or so, so it's not a huge expense to try. Then again, if you have the space, you can get a cheapie TV and DVD player for not a whole lot more than that.
  3. macrumors 65816


    Feb 1, 2002
    I've never heard of anyone getting this to work.

    And frankly, considering how cheap DVD players are, do yourself a huge favor and just get one for yout TV. Lacking a Tv, then a DVD/TV combo can be had pretty cheap too. it'll be os much easier, and probably about the same in terms of cost. Plus, watching a movie on TV is infinitly better than watching on a computer.

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