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    Windows DVDs on iMac Snow Leopard
    Hello,

    A friend has just changed from PC to the latest iMac. He has several DVDs made on his PC that the iMac doesn't recognise - is there any software available (without installing Windows), to play these on the iMac?

    Thanks...BC

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    Interesting. You don't say what he has tried, but VLC player will usually play anything thrown at it, so start there.
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    What are the DVDs comprised of? If they're video DVDs, they should be fine. Data DVDs may vary depending on how they were finalized.
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    Thank you for your replies - will find out exactly what he has and get back to you...BC

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    It looks like they might be data DVDs after all (he can't remember), because VLC just doesn't want to know:


    main debug: Activated
    main debug: rebuilding array of current - root Playlist
    main debug: rebuild done - 0 items, index -1
    macosx debug: using Leopard AR cookies
    main debug: looking for services probe module: 5 candidates
    main debug: no services probe module matching "any" could be loaded
    main debug: TIMER module_need() : 183.653 ms - Total 183.653 ms / 1 intvls (Avg 183.653 ms)
    macosx debug: notification received in VLC with name VLCOSXGUIInit and object VLCEyeTVSupport
    main debug: looking for services probe module: 5 candidates
    main debug: no services probe module matching "any" could be loaded
    main debug: TIMER module_need() : 2.378 ms - Total 2.378 ms / 1 intvls (Avg 2.378 ms)
    main debug: adding item `100312_1429' ( dvdnav:///dev/rdisk1 )
    main debug: rebuilding array of current - root Playlist
    main debug: rebuild done - 1 items, index -1
    main debug: processing request item 100312_1429 node Playlist skip 0
    main debug: resyncing on 100312_1429
    main debug: 100312_1429 is at 0
    main debug: starting new item
    main debug: creating new input thread
    main debug: Creating an input for '100312_1429'
    main debug: thread (input) created at priority 22 (../../src/input/input.c:214)
    main debug: thread started
    main debug: using timeshift granularity of 50 MiB
    main debug: using timeshift path '/tmp'
    main debug: `dvdnav:///dev/rdisk1' gives access `dvdnav' demux `' path `/dev/rdisk1'
    main debug: creating demux: access='dvdnav' demux='' path='/dev/rdisk1'
    main debug: looking for access_demux module: 1 candidate
    macosx debug: input has changed, refreshing interface
    main debug: no fetch required for (null) (art currently (null))
    dvdnav warning: cannot open dvdnav
    main debug: no access_demux module matching "dvdnav" could be loaded
    main debug: TIMER module_need() : 2161.244 ms - Total 2161.244 ms / 1 intvls (Avg 2161.244 ms)
    main debug: creating access 'dvdnav' path='/dev/rdisk1'
    main debug: looking for access module: 0 candidates
    main debug: no access module matched "dvdnav"
    main debug: TIMER module_need() : 0.403 ms - Total 0.403 ms / 1 intvls (Avg 0.403 ms)
    main error: open of `dvdnav:///dev/rdisk1' failed: (null)
    main debug: thread ended
    main debug: dead input
    main debug: changing item without a request (current 0/1)
    main debug: nothing to play
    macosx debug: input has stopped, refreshing interface
    main debug: TIMER input launching for '100312_1429' : 2229.020 ms - Total 2229.020 ms / 1 intvls (Avg 2229.020 ms)

    Thanks again for your time and advice......BC

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    Yes, data DVD's, so, as was said, the way they were finalised probably makes them unreadable on the Mac.
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