DVD drive on iMac reads data DVDs but ejects video DVDs!!??

Discussion in 'Apple' started by Van Bagnol, Jan 5, 2007.

  1. Van Bagnol

    Van Bagnol Guest

    I have an iMac G4 ("igloo") which recently began to summarily eject the
    video DVDs I insert in it, even though it happily mounts and reads the
    data DVDs. What's going on?

    Basically, I hear a brief spin-up, a few "chick-chick-chick" sounds, and
    an ejection.

    I don't think its a region code thing, as it even ejects video DVDs that
    I had once burned from it. Neither using Disk Utility, nor changing the
    "CDs & DVDs" settings in System Preferences, appears to make a

    The machine continues to write and read CDs just fine, and as I said,
    can read my data DVDs (e.g., discs burned from iPhoto), just not video
    DVDs whether commercial or personally created.

    Van Bagnol, Jan 5, 2007
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    Király Guest

    Does this problem persist if you try while logged in to a different user
    Király, Jan 5, 2007
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  3. Van Bagnol

    Van Bagnol Guest


    My iBooks' Combo drives and my television DVD player seem to play the
    same discs okay.

    It's puzzling - though it would appear to be hardware, the fact that it
    reads nonvideo DVDs seems an enigma. If it were a software/driver issue,
    I would have at least expected the discs to mount and I'd explicitly see
    the VIDEO_TS folder. Or does video DVD not share the same base format
    with data DVDs?

    Van Bagnol, Jan 5, 2007
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