Watch protected DVD from a 2012 MacMini on WIN 7

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  1. Hugh, May 25, 2014
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    Is there a way to watch newer DVDs though a 2012 MacMini though WIN 7, that have the new protection on them? Right now I have mini display port to a VGA adaptor cable, is there a way to get this to work? If not what do I need to watch newer DVDs that have the newer protection?


    Hugh

    EDIT: Make that watch any DVDs using Windows 7? Reason I'm asking is because the person using the MacMini can't use OS X (Blind).
     
  2. Hugh thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I take it that nobody watches DVD's or Blu Ray on their 2012 MacMinis?

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    That might like a little explanation:
    If the person needs Windows 7 because they are blind, then how is watching a DVD useful to him?
    note: OS X also has various tools to allow use with various physical challenges, in the Universal Access pref pane. Look particularly at VoiceOver, which includes a lot of help, including setup of a braille display, should that be needed.
    ... Watching a DVD movie on a braille display. I wonder how that works! :D
     
  5. chrfr macrumors 603

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    Most likely, the VGA is the problem. You need to be using a digital display (either DVI or HDMI) to get the playback to work.
    Do you get a specific error when trying to play back videos?
     
  6. Hugh thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Mac OS X has voice over, but in order to move around in the OS you need a Bail Display. They cost lot of cash and know the which of the two types of bail it's uses, where JAWS for Windows cost lot less. As for watching DVDs, he doesn't 'watch' the movie. He listens to it, sometimes he needs someone watch with him to tell what's happening. Some of the newer movies have a description track the narrates everything that going on. Transformers 3 is a good example of that, it has such a track on the DVD.

    Note: JAWS is a screen reader program that talks, and allows movement around Windows environment. Where 'Voice Over' just talks part of the screen and offers no help on accessing around the OS without a Brail Display. To prove this, turn on voice over then restart, now once the computer is booted. Try to open safari, mail, control panels, open disk utilities. With out the mouse and tell me how it worked out. :rolleyes:


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  7. Hugh thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    You have to use an external drive, the 2012 MacMini doesn't have a internal drive.

    This was my worry was true, it works fine on the Mac OS X side. What does Windows make a difference?

    How about a display that has DVI and VGA on it. In theory if I hook it up to DVI it should work, right?



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    DVI is like HDMI without the sound. VGA is an old video tech.

    To answer your question is yes.
     
  9. Hugh thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks, I understand now. I have a really dumb question. If you can answer it, why is Windows being so picky about, where OS X doesn't care? (just wondering, that's all)

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    When it comes to DVD on Windows all it is Microsoft wants you to use the programs that Microsoft wants. It's DRM from Microsoft. That is why most Windows users use something like VLC.
     

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