"DVD Player Not Found" but will play cd's (iBook)

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by kirk wilson, May 27, 2008.

  1. kirk wilson macrumors member

    May 18, 2008
    Hey, everyone..
    I'm on extended vacation in sunny Mexico.. On the beach (ok, well, not ON the beach, but close), with a cold beer...
    Anyway, my white iBook says I don't have
    a DVD player. I am sure that I do, I just looked. There it is again, it's the tray-load version. It plays burned cd's.

    Basically what I have is a white iBook, 800 processor, 384 sd-ram, OSX 10.4.11, and
    it was a gift from my brother in law, a film editor. So it has iMovie, Final Cut Pro, and other film/graphics programs on it.

    I was told it would burn cd's and dvd's, but the iBook tells me that it will not. I think it used to, because he needed this feature for his work, and he would have gone to any expense to
    have it. (If not burn dvd's, at least to play them back.)

    Basically, I can play any burned audio cd, or factory cd, but any Burn program I
    download says "no suitable burner found".. fine enough, but when I look in Applications I see a DVD file, I open it, and there is the DVD corporate logo,
    with details about a 26-something megabyte file; but then, a warning/error box
    pops up with of initialization error ( #70012- A Valid Drive could not be found").
    If I open Disk Utility, and then Disk Permissions, I see that the only hardware listed is the hard drive (30 gig), and a CD-rom player (made by LG);
    also, the fields opposite that are blank, and the options for 'repairing permissions" or verifying permissions, or "repairing disk" are in light grey, that is, Un-select-able. So, it appears that all is fine, so far as the laptop
    is concerned. (the First Aid tab is selected)

    I have got a lot of music dvd's, and movie dvd's (all burned-- this is
    mexico, remember!) and so far it only will play a CD-rom.
    I have put a factory movie DVD in; but with no luck.

    (no disc icon pops up on the screen,
    and there is no function).

    So, to review, the machine tells me that I have NO CD burner, though
    the former owner burned cd's. The machine has a DVD program in Utilities,
    though it gives me an initialization error. But in Disk Utilities, there is only listed a CD-rom player (no CD-DVD) as hardware.

    It will play a cd-rom.

    The name on the computer was changed from his name to mine, when he gave it to me; is it possible that some hardware or software still has his name on it? So far as I can tell, it's all in my name, or Admin.
    The DVD program in Utilities used the name 'System" as the owner.
    I unlocked all the other stuff. It's all read/write, according to the program.

    So, do I have a DVD player, or not?
    I can't just pop it out, like on my Pismo, can I? Haven't tried yet...

    Time for another beer, it's really hot here.

  2. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

    Tallest Skil

    Aug 13, 2006
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    Take your keyboard off. There should be a label showing specs (800Mhz/256MB/30GB/CD) that looks like that.
  3. jzuena macrumors 6502a


    Feb 21, 2007
    Lexington, MA, USA

    If you click on the apple logo at the beginning of the menu bar and choose About This Mac then click on More Info... what does it say under Disc Burning for "Reads DVD"? You can also look at "CD-Write" and "DVD-Write" to see what OS X thinks you should be able to burn with this drive.

    I had an issue with my new MBP where it would not recognize DVD+R but would recognize DVD-R. I needed to reset the PRAM to get things working again <http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1379>. Maybe you need to do something similar if you know the drive should be able to read/burn DVDs?

  4. kirk wilson thread starter macrumors member

    May 18, 2008
    thanks.. will try PRAM next

    Under the Apple Menu, under Dick Burning, (oops- DISK burning!! sorryhttp://images.macrumors.com/vb/images/smilies/eek.gif ) it says
    "no disk burner found." So I guess I don't have one, but I will look under the keyboard to see what exactly what is playing my cd's.

    I will look up PRAM, study it, and re-set it.

    Will check tomorrow,

    (wild flickering of lights, and not quite 120 volts on the power grid
    in town these past two days (more like 75 volts).. I've got to watch these things or I'll fry the Mac,if there is a surge.)


    Today marks my first use of Emoticons.... a good thing or a bad thing?

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