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08-31-2006, 04:44 PM
I have a G3 All In One( G3 333/ 512MB ram/ 40GB ATA HD/ 6MB ATI Rage Pro onboard graphics(PCI)/ USB-Firewire PCI cards/ OSX 10.3.9/ OS9 9.2.2). The stock Apple cd-drive was replaced by a JMLS DVD Rom drive. The DVD drive recognises and reads cd's, cdr's, cdrw's, and dvd-r discs. It also recognises dvd video discs and will open them in finder. The drive is also bootable under OSX and OS9. I am aware that Apple DVD player is not supported in G3's and PCI G4's. Assuming it is possible, how can I achieve DVD movie playback on this MAC. Thanks.

08-31-2006, 08:31 PM
I dunno. :o Try the discussions over at xlr8yourmac.com they talk a lot of different stuff there.

08-31-2006, 11:07 PM
No idea either. If someone knows here, they will post.

09-01-2006, 04:07 AM
Well there used to be a hacked version of DVD Player that would run on older Macs but I looked and couldn't find it Mac DVD Resource page used to have all that kind of stuff but they are apparently gone

09-01-2006, 08:13 AM
Tho unsupported, have you tried the Apple DVD Player in 10.3.9? How about the version of DVD Player in 9.2.2? That one is very old and should work. I can only look at my G5 DVD Player in Tiger and it is version 4.6.5. I think someone running an earlier version of OSX than 10.3.9 such as 10.2.something might have a version that might work. k

09-05-2006, 03:54 PM
Thanks for the replies.

09-06-2006, 08:51 AM
Oops, missed this one.

The hacked apple DVD player requirements are 400MHz+ G3 (on any machine) and I believe you also need a 16MB+ ATI card like the Nexus, Orion or Xclaim. I've got it around here somewhere if anyone wants it.

But in this case, use MPlayer in OSX. Everyone should have it anyway since it plays back any video file I've ever come across, even AVIs with muxed AC3 audio, but anyway, it also has basic DVD playback and can be set to just drop frames if it needs to on slower computers. It can be found here:


There is also a program called Video Lan Client (VLC) that plays back DVDs and other hard to play back files, but I've never had a need to use it.