iDVD question?

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  1. bluetooth macrumors 6502a

    bluetooth

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    Dumb question...I have the DVD tiger upgrade. I am on a G4 Power Mac. I put the DVD in and it spits it back out. I put any general DVD in and it does not play. I look in my apps and the iDVD App is in OS9 system folder. I double click and I get a pop up saying that Classic does not support this Application.

    I am operating in OSX.

    What does this mean? :confused:

    Thanks!
     
  2. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    Does System Profiler list your drive as being capable of reading DVDs?
     
  3. bluetooth thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Hi,

    Yes, I tried that...under Software>Applications, the application is there
    Apple DVD Player 2.7.

    Or is there somewhere else I should be looking?

    thanks
     
  4. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    Nah, I mean System Profiler. Go to About This Mac in the Apple menu, click on More Info and System Profiler should pop up. From here, check the Disc Burning area to get more info on your drive. It should tell you if it's capable of reading DVDs. :)
     
  5. Anonymous Freak macrumors 601

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    The original iDVD program was an OS 9 application. That is why you see a copy of it in "Applications (OS 9)". But because of the way it works, it only runs when booted directly into OS 9, it does not work in OS X's "Classic" mode.

    If iDVD came on your G4, then your G4 has a SuperDrive, it should be able to read and write DVDs. If it can't, then your drive is broken.

    But, just to make sure (for example, if you're not the original owner, it's possible that the previous owner removed the SuperDrive and put a CD-ROM or CD-RW drive in; or it may not have had a SuperDrive in the first place, and someone installed the software from a system that did.)

    The way to find out what is in your computer:

    :apple: menu, "About This Mac". Click "More Info..." (This loads System Profiler.) In System Profiler, click "Disc Burner". Among other things, it will have a line for "Reads DVD" that will say yes or no, and a line for "CD-Write" and "DVD-Write" that show which types of discs it can write.

    For example, my old iMac G3 says:
    While the external drive attached to my MacBook Pro says:
    If your computer says "Reads DVD: Yes", yet it won't, then the drive is broken.
     
  6. bluetooth thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks for the help.

    Here is what it says:

    Drive Type: CD-RW
    Disk Burning: Apple supported/shipped
    Removeable Media: Yes
    Detachable Drive: No

    Nothing with DVD anywhere? Does this mean there it will not read DVDs? I thought this came standard in G4s.
     
  7. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    Sorry mate, looks like it doesn't have DVD playback support. :eek:
     
  8. bluetooth thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Any idea on what the approximate cost to put one in would be (ball park)?

    thanks a lot.
     
  9. lostless macrumors 6502

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    Any dvd-r drive will work. Just go to you local electronics store, and pick one up. they cost around 50-60 bucks for a dvd recorder.
     

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