HELP - Mini only reads old DVDs?

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  1. lowercaseperson macrumors 6502

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    I have a mid-2010 Mini I recently decided to setup in my bed room as a DVD player/Netflix streamer. So today I put in the new movie from Netflix (DVD rental) and it wouldn't work. I tried it in my DVD player downstairs and it worked just fine. So I grabbed some old movies I own: one released in 2011 and one released in 2006.

    Only the DVD from 2006 will play, or even register that it was placed in the drive. The other (newer) movies just spin and the drive makes some noises and then spits them back out, the Mini doesn't even acknowledge that I put anything in the drive. No, "Disk Unreadable" or other kind of error message. Just spins the disc and spits it back out.

    Any ideas about what is happening?
     
  2. lowercaseperson thread starter macrumors 6502

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    So it appears this is the dreaded copy protected DVDs - which means my Mini is essentially useless for watching any DVD I rent from Netflix?
     
  3. Micky Do macrumors 68000

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    Dunno what's happening, but…..

    I have found the internal optical drive somewhat unreliable and picky about what it plays and what it doesn't. I now use an external optical drive for the occasional DVD or CD I use these days.

    If the iLife DVD Player doesn't want to play for any reason, VLC usually does the job.
     
  4. fa8362 macrumors 65816

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    Not if you rip it. Then, not only can you watch it, you can return the disc, and watch the movie at your leisure.
     
  5. lowercaseperson thread starter macrumors 6502

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    How can I rip a movie if it won't even register in my drive? Even opening and watching Disc utility or VLC nothing ever registers in the optical bay - unless it's an old movie or CD
     
  6. Cherrysoda macrumors newbie

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    Turn off autoplay for CDs/DVDs then try VLC.
     
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    fa8362 macrumors 65816

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    I have a 2009 mini which reads every DVD, whether it's old, or a new release. You could have a hardware problem, a software problem, or the discs that won't play could be defective. It's not uncommon for Netflix DVDs to be defective/damaged.
     
  8. lowercaseperson thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Maybe I'm not sure what that means, but I'm pretty sure auto play is off. In system preferences when I insert a DVD I have it set to ignore.

    Still just eats the DVD makes noises and spits it out. Am I missing something?
     
  9. lowercaseperson thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I've tried a bunch of different discs. Any ideas on troubleshooting hardware vs software?
     
  10. fa8362 macrumors 65816

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    Try an external DVD drive. If it plays the discs in question, then you have a hardware problem.
    If you always keep your Mac Mini software/firmware updated via software update/the App store, then you likely don't have a software problem.
     
  11. Micky Do macrumors 68000

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    I have had the same problem; sometimes works, often doesn't.

    As suggested already by several posters, including me, get an external drive and use VLC if iDVD doesn't want to play. Folks have freely given sensible advice; why not try it?

    This is what I use:

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    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00AWRTXVS?ref_=zg_bs_1292112011_1

    It works fine with my 2009 Mac Mini.
     
  12. Fishrrman macrumors G3

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    Agreed with poster above who suggested that you try an external drive.

    If you REALLY need to read those DVDs, doing this will probably make things much easier...
     
  13. lowercaseperson thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks for the hardware recommendation, we'll see in a few days how it works.
     
  14. California macrumors 68040

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    For what it's worth, the oem drive in the 2010 mac minis were always problematic. Had a couple replaced under Applecare.
     
  15. lowercaseperson thread starter macrumors 6502

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    New optical drive works, I guess it was my internal drive. Thanks everyone for the suggestions.
     
  16. California macrumors 68040

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    Interesting, I don't know if it is a heat issue or if there was a run of bad optical drives that happened to get into the 2010 mini. I personally have not seen the same optical drive failure rate in the 2009 Mac Mini's.
     
  17. lowercaseperson thread starter macrumors 6502

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    It's still strange to me that some discs work just fine - consistently. While others, consistently, won't work. All the discs worked in the new drive.
     

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