how to make Apple DVDPlayer work on an 'unsupported' Mac?

in Genius Bar edited January 2014
I have an older iMac that doesn't have a built in DVD drive, but has an external Firewire DVD-ROM drive.

In this situation, OS X's DVDPlayer app will usually refuse to start up, citing the fact that the machine doesn't have a DVD drive. Last summer, i managed to use some hack or patch to convince DVDPlayer to recognize the external drive, but after reformatting the machine, it's back to the default setting, and i can't for the life of me remember how i got it working..

Google was no help either.

Can anyone help me out?

It's a slow machine, so running VLC isn't an option. Apple's DVDPlayer works well on slow machines.



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    roborobo Posts: 469member
    Nevermind, i figured it out. You have to take the DVDPlayer framework from a pre-10.3.3 Panther install and replace the copy in your /System/Library/Frameworks folder.

    Then it works.
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