Help with iMac 333 with new MCE Drive

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  1. wkrp macrumors newbie

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    Hello!

    I just bought a Combo drive from MCE Tech. It will read DVDs, but I have no clue how to get it to play them. I run OS 9.2.2, with 192 meg RAM. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks!
    Jason
     
  2. Horrortaxi macrumors 68020

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    The OS has an application called "DVD Player". It should open automatically when you insert a DVD. Check your applications folder if it doesn't. If it's not there you ought to be able to get it from your OS install disk.
     
  3. strider42 macrumors 65816

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    Imac 333 mhz machines did not come with DVD drives, so the software won't be there, on the machine or the install disks.

    Thing is though, MCE doesn't sell a DVD drive for the tray loaders that I can see, just for slot loaders. They only sell a CD-RW drive for the tray loaders (though it is a slot loading replacement). So either you actually have a 350 mhz machine with a slot loading drive, or you have a 333 mhz machine and not a DVD drive. I doubt the tray loading iMacs could handle playing DVD, their video cards were pretty weak.
     
  4. wkrp thread starter macrumors newbie

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    http://www.mcetech.com/imacrw.html

    This is what I bought. It's a Combo-esque drive--will burn CDs, but will also read DVDs. I tried installing Apple DVD Player from my OS9 system disk, with no luck. I can barely open even a small VOB file with QT Player. I can certainly see why a 333 couldn't run fast enough to actually display anything much, but figure I can at least try. Since I bought the drive solely for reading and burning CDs, the DVD reading is an unexpected bonus anyhow.

    Thanks!
     
  5. Horrortaxi macrumors 68020

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    It didn't come with 9.2.2 either, so I'm assuming he has a retail OS 9 disk.
     
  6. strider42 macrumors 65816

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    I don't think OS ( came with it either, it didn;t on my retail OS 9 disk.

    Anyway, you're right, I didn't realize that this drive read DVD as well. If its meant for reading DVD movies, I'm sure mce can help you out. Otherwise I suppose you could try downloading the apple DVD player, but I really doubt the graphics card will up to the task or the software simply won't be compatible with it.
     
  7. Horrortaxi macrumors 68020

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    Graphics card has squat to do with playing movies. Apple's DVD player can be downloaded from versiontracker, and I imagine Apple too.
     
  8. strider42 macrumors 65816

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    Maybe you're right. I'd be intrigued if it actually worked anyway though. Those old iMacs were very underpowered (I know, I have one).

    For what its worth, apple DVD player wouldn't install on my machine (rev A iMac). Maybe because it doesn't have the upgrade so there's no DVD player, or maybe because its checking the firmware for a compatible machine. Apple appears to be very specific about which machines it can install on according to the documentation.
     

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