View Full Version : dvd playback on FC4 on a G3 ibook?

26th July 2005, 09:33 PM

I was given a Macintosh ibook a while back by my employer. I never really cared for MacOSX
so I was really happy to learn that FC4 was supporting apple hardware now. So I took
the plunge and so far things are going pretty well. I had anaconda keep crashing on me
while I tried to install the FC4 OS on the G3 ibook. I was able to get around this problem
by using the apple "disk utility" app on an install CD to remove all the old MacOSX (Panther)
partitions. After I did that the install worked perfectly and I have a new OS to play with.

So far I haven't been able to get the DVD player to work. Totem keeps giving me an
error message about not knowing what to do with a DVD URL. Has anyone else had that
problem with their PPC installs? It would be cool if I could get the DVD player to work
but even if I can't I'm still not going back to MacOSX. :)

I can access data CDs on the drive. They mount off of /media/cdrom/. Just can't playback
DVD disks within totem. Any ideas? Perhaps I need another movie player?

27th July 2005, 04:28 PM
I guess I should add the exact error message is:

Totem could not play 'dvd://`.

No URI handler implemented for "dvd://"

Interestingly when I do insert a DVD disk I am able to browse
the contents via Nautilus.

8th August 2005, 09:26 PM
It seems that no one has any ideas about dvd playback. Hmnn...

I tried installing an ass load of GStreamer rpms from http://mpeters.us/
but that didn't completely fix the problem. I now get totem to start playing
dvds but it always locks up by about 3 seconds into the playback.

Anyone want to recommend another movie player besides totem?

Surely someone has set up DVD playback on their mac laptop running
fedora? Anyone?

8th August 2005, 09:53 PM
I don't have a mac, but you things might work the same for you:

how do you run totem, do you use

totem 'dvd://'

Also, did you install totem-xine ? That's the one I use, maybe the one installed by default does not work with DVD's. I remember I found it to be a totally useless program until I installed totem-xine in place for totem.

But personally, I use VLC to watch DVD's.

Again, while not on a mac, it might work for you.

9th August 2005, 09:07 PM
Hey, I managed to get DVD playback working on my ibook. That was the trick. I needed to
have totem-xine installed insteads of totem. Just in case anyone else runs into this,
I used this as my Livna repo in /etc/yum.repos.d/livna.repo file:

name=Livna for Fedora Core $releasever - $basearch - Base

The gstreamer plugins I installed before came from

Now I just need to install more games on my system. :)

Thanks for your help!