Seeking work-around, "Optibay" and VIDEO_TS folders with DVD Player / -70012

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by rootsmaneuver, Aug 17, 2010.

  1. rootsmaneuver macrumors member

    Mar 22, 2006
    Couldn't find the answer on Mroogle.

    1. Removed optical drive from 2007 MacBook Pro
    2. Installed Optibay alternative in MacBook Pro
    3. Installed 320 GB HDD in "Optibay"
    4. Attempted to watch a VIDEO_TS folder with DVD Player
    5. Upon dragging folder to DVD Player icon this message appears:

    There was an initialization error
    A valid DVD drive could not be found [-70012]

    6. Attempted to load with VLC, no luck.
    7. Videos are located on HDD in "Optibay", FYI.

    I've found a little program that apparently switches the optical drive DVD player looks for to an external one, which I posses, but I don't want to have to unhook my USB dvd drive from its happy little resting place at my desk, just to watch a movie on my TV, sitting in bed, at a friends' house or on a plane or something.


    I know I could encode them down to h.264 or something with Handbrake, but that's time consuming and diminishes the video quality. I'm not that interested in doing that.
  2. almostinsane macrumors regular

    Feb 9, 2008
  3. rootsmaneuver thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 22, 2006
    VLC doesn't work for me stated in my OP. I go to Open Disc in the File menu, select VIDEO_TS, navigate to the folder, open it, it shows up in the controller window with a little (!) triangle next to it. It will not play.

    Is there something I'm missing?:confused:
  4. tonywang.xmpt macrumors member

    Jul 26, 2010
    There is a fix...
    but technically it counts as being "illegal."
    It requires you to mess with the hex coding of the dvd player application.

    "Lookup changing the region on your dvd player application :3"
  5. rootsmaneuver thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 22, 2006

    to all who replied. i discovered the rips I recently created were all corrupt. Because I don't have an optical drive, i put my GF's iBook in target disk mode and used it as the optical drive to rip some DVD's. Apparently, it didn't work very well.

    when I hooked up my external dvd drive at home, i could open them with VLC but they were just digital garbage and made VLC hang.

    I then tried opening some video_ts folders I had stored and they ran just fine. it also works fine with VLC with NO optical drive plugged in.

    so the culprit was just some bad rips. thanks anyway y'all!

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