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Use an external DVD drive with DVD Player in 10.3.3 Apps
Originally in Panther, the DVD Player program didn't require you to have an internal DVD drive to use it. That was sweet. I installed the 10.3.3 update, though, and the problem returned -- DVD Player wouldn't work with an external drive. However, after digging around a little in Apple's discussion forums, I found a way to restore its functionality. Here's how:
  1. Download and install Pacifist.
  2. Insert your Panther Install CD (it has to be before 10.3.3, of course), search for something called DVDplayback.framework in Pacifist.
  3. Install it. You will be asked to enter your password. Allow the program to overwrite whatever needs to be overwritten. You shouldn't have to install the DVD Player program again.
Yay! It should now work. I'm not sure if you have to do this after each new update or not (that would be annoying), and I'm not sure if Apple did this on purpose or not. There was a rumor that there was some legality regarding it, but that was just a rumor, so I don't know if it is true. Good luck! This worked with my FW DVD burner.

[robg adds: I did some research on this one before deciding to publish it, for a couple of reasons. First, I have no idea if this works, as our machines have internal DVD drives. Based on what I could find with Google, it seems that this hack should work. Second, I wasn't sure about the legality of it, and after some research, I'm still not sure about it! Apple's official stance is covered in their Apple DVD Player requires an internal DVD drive document. However, Panther shipped with a DVD Player app that was capable of working with external drives, and this hint merely explains how to revert back to that version. If Apple asks me to pull this, I will, but a very similar how-to is still posted on their own discussion boards, so I think it's OK.

Please note that Pacifist is shareware -- if you find it useful, please support CharlesSoft by registering.

Caution: I always recommend against reverting system components, as you really can't tell what else has been changed and what might or might not break with future updates. In this case, a DVD player seems relatively benign, but still, make sure you have a good backup as a matter of practice.]
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Use an external DVD drive with DVD Player in 10.3.3
Authored by: timhaigh on Apr 05, '04 06:35:05PM

My external DVD player works fine in 10.3.3. without modification.

My player is a pioneer 106D inside a generic firewire encloser that has the oxford bridge.



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Use an external DVD-R? 10.3.3
Authored by: zahadum on Apr 05, '04 11:22:55PM

what about DVD-RW IDE drives connected to a external USB/firewire bridge ... do they also work?

please also respond directly to mailto:dvdurls@yahoo.ca

thanx: dlf

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Use an external DVD drive with DVD Player in 10.3.3
Authored by: vramin on Apr 05, '04 06:36:30PM

You could just use VLC instead.



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VLC vs DVD Player
Authored by: gidds on Apr 05, '04 10:06:37PM
Mmm. It's got pretty good.

I find I use both these days. VLC crashes and freezes quite a lot (especially when using the DVD menus, for some reason -- I often turn 'em off), and although DVD Player isn't immune to crashes, it's still substantially more stable. It also wins for navigation; it can display the time and title/chapter, and makes skipping between them easier.

But VLC has other advantages: it can bypass region restrictions, skip copyright notices &c, bypass the menus (handy for finding easter eggs &c), and tends to have better picture quality. Plus it can play lots of other things as well as DVDs.

If they sorted out the stability and navigation issues, I'd probably never touch Apple's player.

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Use an external DVD drive with DVD Player in 10.3.3
Authored by: Alidoro on Apr 06, '04 04:32:46AM

My external DVD player/recorder (Pioneer 103) also plays fine with 10.3.3 without requiring any sort of fix



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Use an external DVD drive with DVD Player in 10.3.3
Authored by: morabi on Apr 06, '04 10:24:02AM

It is also possible to open the 10.3.2-Update File with Pacifist instead of the Panther-CD.

This works also if Toast doesn't recognize your external DVD-Recorder anymore. Just use Pacifist to reinstall the DiscRecord-Framework from 10.3.2 et voilĂ .

Hopefully Apple will fix this soon...



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Use an external DVD drive with DVD Player in 10.3.3
Authored by: zdxq on Apr 06, '04 11:20:16AM

A warning: following this hint caused DVDPlayer on my machine not to recognise DVDs burnt on DVD+R media (DVD-R disks were unaffected). Fortunately, using Pacifist to find and install the exact same component from the OSX 10.3.3 update package fixed the issue.



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Use an external DVD drive with DVD Player in 10.3.3
Authored by: ignatz on Jul 08, '04 02:23:26PM

I'm using an imac G3 running 10.3.4 that does not have an internal DVD drive, and therefore does not have DVD Player. I've downloaded Pacifist but don't know which files I need to extract or where to put them. I'm planning to extract them from the original OS install disk, which is 10.1.3. I tried extracting from the 10.3.2 update but it doesn't have DVD Player, just dvdplayback.framework. Can anyone tell me what I need to do.
Thanks.


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Use an external DVD drive with DVD Player in 10.3.3
Authored by: bdg on Sep 21, '04 10:12:11AM

After the 10.3.3 update I found this trick myself after some serious cursing. Instead of the Panther install CD you can use the 10.3.2 update which should make the process a lot faster with Pacifist and give you the latest working version.

The same trick needs to be done after 10.3.4 and 10.3.5.

Because I need to do this on my iMac G4 I did the same on my wife's iMac G3 B&W to which I connected my external DVD drive. This caused the system to crash everytime I used the drive. Reverting to the 10.3.5 version of the framework I found it just worked. Very strange.



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