External BR optical drive not playing DVDs

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by RobColorado, Jan 4, 2012.

  1. RobColorado macrumors newbie

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    Following advice in a recent thread, I just purchased a samsung BR optical drive and a macally case from newegg. I intend to use it to rip dvds and blu ray disks to my new 2011 mac mini server.

    The drive works--I was able to load IWork from its disc.

    The drive recognizes the DVD as it lists the name of the movie in the menu. However when I try to play the movie I get the following error message:

    "There was an initialization error. A valid device could not be found for playback. (-70017)"

    I would appreciate any suggestions.

    thanks
     
  2. simsaladimbamba

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    Did you try Mac OS X' own DVD Player application?
    If so, try VLC Player, as it is capable of playing from an external ODD.
     
  3. fhall1 macrumors 68040

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    Are you trying to play a regular DVD movie, or a BR movie? If BR, you need to get a software player that recognizes the format.
     
  4. RobColorado thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I was trying to play a DVD not a BR. I tried VLC and that worked.

    Any suggestions for BR software?

    Thanks to you both.
     

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