DVD drives and Intel

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Dunstaffian, Feb 22, 2010.

  1. Dunstaffian macrumors newbie

    Nov 1, 2009
    I have come across a dvd disc that will only play on a Mac Pro with an Intel processor. Is it possible to get an external DVD drive that will play these discs or will it be necessary to upgrade the basic equipment?
    I have a G5 without the Intel processor, but reluctant to buy another computer, when, for most purposes . this works well.
  2. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus


    Jul 24, 2002
    When you say "play" what do you mean? Is it software or a DVD video? The CPU requirement makes it sound like it has a software component which, if it requires and Intel CPU, can never be made to run on a G5.
  3. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    Yes, if this is a video DVD, then you are looking, most likely, at one of these two possibilities:

    - the disc is scratched, and you just got "lucky" on the MP
    - the DVD drive in the G5 is dying.

    A disc with a computer binary executable -- a program of some kind -- is a different story.
  4. zhuzhuchina.com macrumors newbie

    Feb 22, 2010
    g5 are old machine so is very easy to have dvd-drive not working. very probably

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