Color wheel pops up when DVD plays

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by JasonMovieGuy, Apr 22, 2010.

  1. JasonMovieGuy macrumors regular

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    This just happened today- I have a imac 21.5- and when I put in a DVD the movie worked but the color wheel would NOT go away. I tried everything from pressing ESC to trying to fast forward/rewind- nothing worked. I had to restart the computer by pressing the button on the back. I tried playing the DVD again and the color wheel came up. The DVD plays fine in other players. What's going on?
     
  2. JasonMovieGuy thread starter macrumors regular

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    Should note this only happens with certain DVDs.
     
  3. pooky macrumors 6502

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    Yes, I have had this issue as well. It appears that when the OS gets hold of a DVD it can't read (due to a defect in the disk or something), instead of behaving itself and kicking the disc out with an error, it goes into the spinning beach ball of death. This issue has thrown me into a rage more than one time. Sometimes I am able to force quit DVD player and reboot, but often the hard reset is the only way.

    A few suggested solutions:
    1. When it happens, try force quitting DVD player, then rebooting your system. To force quit, press command-option-escape (the command key is the one with the apple on it). Then choose DVD Player from the list and choose force quit.

    2. Stop using your mac for DVD playback. The software is clearly buggy, this will prevent the problem.

    3. Stop using macs entirely. I have had several applications written by apple do this to me - DVD Player and Time Machine are the most recent two. This will prevent apple-created apps from bringing down your system.

    I am only partially kidding about 2 and 3. The spinning beach ball of death has me seriously considering a change in platform.
     

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