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How can I make my G5 think there's an internal DVDR installed?
Posted by: hal
Date: July 18, 2007 03:51PM
I have removed my superdrive and instead have installed 2 pata drives in the optical bay. Works great - except... When I launch dvd player, I'm told there's no 'valid DVD' drive... I have the very drive that I removed powered up and on the FW bus, but DVD player doesn't care.

Can't launch VIDEO_TS folders either...

I've tried pram zapping, patchburn 4.04, removing dvd player prefs...

no luck - any ideas?
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Re: How can I make my G5 think there's an internal DVDR installed?
Posted by: Harbourmaster
Date: July 18, 2007 04:03PM
restart with the drive attached & powered on with a disk in it?



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Re: How can I make my G5 think there's an internal DVDR installed?
Posted by: hal
Date: July 18, 2007 04:18PM
yeah, did that...

been searching for a while... see the question asked in many places, but have not yet found a sure answer. I haven't tried the PMU - guess I should do that next...
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Re: How can I make my G5 think there's an internal DVDR installed?
Posted by: voodoopenguin
Date: July 18, 2007 04:29PM
How about a different DVD player? VLC will play DVDs.
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Re: How can I make my G5 think there's an internal DVDR installed?
Posted by: hal
Date: July 18, 2007 04:34PM
VLC works fine, but I like to use dvd player - it blacks out both monitors. VLC has the option, but it doesn't work most of the time...

and I'm worried about idvd... I'll need that one day...
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Re: How can I make my G5 think there's an internal DVDR installed?
Posted by: Racer X
Date: July 18, 2007 04:35PM
iDVD5 on up doesn't need a DVD drive installed internally AFAIK.
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Re: How can I make my G5 think there's an internal DVDR installed?
Posted by: hal
Date: July 18, 2007 04:55PM
oh yeah... forgot about that

just launched it to verify - launched no problem...

perhaps if it's only dvd player that is the problem, I could find a good alternative...

It won't be till later that I can turn the machine off and hit the pmu for those of you on the edges of their seats...
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Re: How can I make my G5 think there's an internal DVDR installed?
Posted by: jdc
Date: July 18, 2007 05:03PM
hook up an external?





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Re: How can I make my G5 think there's an internal DVDR installed?
Posted by: Buzz
Date: July 18, 2007 05:06PM
maybe hook up the removed superdrive in an external fw case? G5 here plays nice w/ external Pioneer superdrive, and use it frequently because it's way quieter than the internal superdrive... but since internal is still intact, not sure if that plays a role in the external operation.... will be curious to hear results. also, what sort of throughput are you getting from the PATA drives??? how slow do they seem compared to the speedy SATA's?



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Re: How can I make my G5 think there's an internal DVDR installed?
Posted by: Baby Tats
Date: July 18, 2007 05:14PM
You can't do it. It is part of the DVD licensing agreement for Apple's dvd player.

It's a feature, not a bug.

Your best solution, as voodoopenguin said, is VLC.


BT



EDIT: HMMM, I just found this so maybe there is a workaround. Other macintouch readers report no success using this method so YMMV. Note it is 10.3

Michael Chang
I was able to fix the -70012 problem (and blocky artifact problem) [Mar. 17] I was experiencing with a stock DVD drive moved to an the external FW enclosure by reinstalling DVD Player 4.0 from the 10.3 CD. Instructions are below:

1. Download and install Pacifist.
2. Insert Mac OS 10.3 CD in drive.
3. Select Open Mac OS X Install Packages button in Pacifist. It will ask you to swap out all three 10.3 install disks.
4. Click the Find button and type "DVD". A long list should show up.
5. The important files/folders to replace are:
-AppleAltiVecDVDDriver.bundle
-ATIRadeon8500DVDDriver (if graphics card is installed)
-ATIRadeon9700DVDDriver (if graphics card is installed)
-ATIRadeonDVDDriver.bundle
-ATIRage128DVDDriver.bundle (if graphics card is installed)
-DVDPlayback.framework
-DVD.framework
-rtadvd
**There are many duplicates of the files/folders above in other languages. I only chose to install English.
6. Select each or all and click Install.
7. Choose to replace all existing files.
8. Restart. Repair permissions.

Your (external) DVD player should be back and be operational -- without blocky artifacts, too.
[www.macintouch.com]



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Re: How can I make my G5 think there's an internal DVDR installed?
Posted by: hal
Date: July 18, 2007 05:18PM
Thanks tats - surprised there's no good workaround... I guess I'll skip the PMU zap and consider if I want to deal with VLC or something else...

jdc and buzz need to work on their reading comprehension skills - good thing we're not in school anymore... :-)
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Re: How can I make my G5 think there's an internal DVDR installed?
Posted by: johnc
Date: July 18, 2007 05:50PM
[www.xlr8yourmac.com]
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Re: How can I make my G5 think there's an internal DVDR installed?
Posted by: hal
Date: July 18, 2007 06:29PM
tats - I saw lots of things like that for panther - most from pre patchburn days - none were effective...

but once AGAIN, johnc comes up with an answer where no one else can...

it worked and forced me to do my first hack since resedit days...

YAAAAAAAAAAA!!!

I'm not gay, but I'd marry you anyway!

btw, I found the a copy of the original xlr8 post, but someone said that 10.4.7 upgrade broke it...



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 07/18/2007 06:31PM by hal.
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Re: How can I make my G5 think there's an internal DVDR installed?
Posted by: Baby Tats
Date: July 18, 2007 06:41PM
Quote
hal
but once AGAIN, johnc comes up with an answer where no one else can...

Wow, I am impressed. I tried to get my external working and never did. I guess I will have to give this a try. Although, I imagine I will be in violation of the DMCA.

hal- Sorry about the bad information and I am glad you got it working.



BT


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Re: How can I make my G5 think there's an internal DVDR installed?
Posted by: hal
Date: July 18, 2007 07:07PM
NOTHING to be sorry for...

btw for those searching... this crack was developed for 10.4.8, but works on my 10.4.10 install
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Re: How can I make my G5 think there's an internal DVDR installed?
Posted by: Voryn
Date: July 19, 2007 06:04AM
sata dvd drive, to a sata pass through card so that the sata card goes from itself to an internal sata connection. My windows machine sees my external sata as an internal drive thanks to that.
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