Main Cause of DVD Player Not Working on Mac
There are diversified causes for DVD won't play on MacBook Air/MacBook Pro/iMac (Pro)/M1/M2 Macs, for example, DVD is scratched, DVD drive is damaged, DVD disc is unsupported, etc. Thus, correspondingly, the solution is varied and changeable.
Cause 1: MacBook Pro SuperDrive Won't Read DVD
Cause 2: DVD Drive is Broken or Damaged
Cause 3: DVD is Scratched or Dirty
Cause 4: Unsupported DVDs (Blu-ray Disc, Region Codes, DVD-RW)
Cause 1: MacBook Pro SuperDrive won't read DVDs
"My MacBook pro started to refuse to read some DVDs and I tried to learn couple of solutions on forums. But none of them is worked for me. Desperately, I leave it alone. Several month later, I found that My laptop SuperDrive refuse to read any DVDs. It spins a disk for a moment and ejects. What's going on?"
MacBook Pro SuperDrive won't read DVD
Cause 2: DVD Drive is broken or damaged
"Yesterday, I put a DVD on my laptop DVD drive and found Mac DVD player not working. I know for sure that is not caused by DVD, because I played it on my other DVD players and it plays normally. Is it true that my DVD drive is bad or damaged? If the answer is positive, what should I do?"
Broken DVD drive makes Mac DVD player not working
Cause 3: DVD is scratched or dirty
"My favorite DVDs are scratched unexpectedly and the situation of DVD player MacBook Pro not working occurs when I put DVDs into DVD drive. How Can get a very dirty DVD to play on my DVD player?"
Mac DVD player not working due to damaged DVD disc
Cause 4: Unsupported DVDs (Blu-ray Disc & Region Code issue)
"I bought a blu-ray movie and wanna play it on my MacBook M1. But, I found my laptop doesn't support blu-ray playback because my DVD player go to a black screen and then unexpectedly quit." - Freya
"I'm a loyal Japanese movie fan and I'm so excited that I borrowed a Japanese movie DVD from my classmate. But, I found DVD player ejects DVD on Mac after putting DVD into my Mac DVD drive. What's wrong? Is it influenced by DVD region code?"
DVD unsupported by DVD player
Possible Solutions to DVD Player Not Playing on Mac
Solution 1: Clean the DVD drive
DVD won't play on Mac issues are related to the broken superdrive. Sometimes, the reason for MacBook Pro DVD drive not working or iMac DVD player not working is so simple: too much dust on the lens. Honestly, this "bug" can be easily fixed without re-purchasing the replacement of superdrive: apply a special CD lens cleaner or a minute brush to clean the left side of DVD drive (the lens should be at the left hand side). Solution 2: Repair DVD drive or purchase a new one
Once you confirm that your laptop DVD drive is completely damaged, the wisest choice for you is to repair DVD drive or purchase a new one in order to fix laptop DVD drive not working issue. Of course, the charge is always expensive. When the superdrive fails to read a disc, the DVD player will not play any DVDs. Get another DVD drive for your Mac. Here is a list of
2023 Best external DVD drives for Mac >> Solution 3: Fix the scratched or damaged DVD disc
If your DVD is scratched or dirty, your Mac DVD player may accept the disc (Mac DVD player skipping over damaged area) but there might be
no sound coming from DVD player or the image quality on screen may be blurry; if your DVD is seriously scratched, the disc will directly become unusable.
For small scratches on the surface of your DVDs, clean, polish and wax them to repair damaged DVD; for deep scratches on DVD, utilize super glue, a pin or toothpick to the damaged area to fix the badly scratched DVD disc. If nothing good happens, please resort to other free Mac DVD players like VLC, 5KPlayer and more, which can automatically skip over the damaged area when reading DVD internal data.
However, most of deep scratches may be not repairable. Thus, you have to buy a new one or ask the publishers to send you a new copy in exchange for the damaged copy. Under this circumstance, you may lament, "why I haven't made a digital copy for my favorite DVD?" If so, everything becomes much simpler. Now, it's not too late.
Solution 4: Remove the DVD region code
The basic reason for Mac DVD player not working black screen is that Mac laptop itself doesn't support blu-rays playback so that users often come across the issue of Mac DVD player not responding issues.
Region code is one of the most common DVD encryption technologies. Normally, you an change the region codes of your DVD drive for maximum 5 times. After that, the region is locked and when you play a foreign DVD, your Mac DVD player will fail to read the DVD. But you can use a DVD ripper to remove region code 1-6 from DVD.
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remove region codes, CSS, bad sectors, 99 titles, Disney oversized 75GB DVDs, unplayable DVDs, AV adult DVD, CSS, Disney DRM, Sony ARccOS, and other copy protections that also cause the DVD not playing errors on Mac. It's also able to repair damaged DVD disc and copy DVD computer, USB hard drive, ISO image, single MPEG-2 file, high quality MKV file, MP4 (HEVC), MP4 (H264), MOV, AVI, WMV, VOB, as well as iPhone, iPads, Android, TVs, PS5, etc. Solution 5: Try another DVD player for Mac
When the Mac DVD player not responding issues happen, it may be hard to identify the reasons and fix the error. In such case, users have to buy an external DVD drive and try another 3rd-party apps. Among the best DVD players for Mac, VLC and
5KPlayer are free and able to play DVDs with different region codes and DVD copy protections. Solution 6: Open DVD Player using Rosetta
A user on Twitter has shared a solution when the Mac DVD player is not working. It needs users to open the DVD player app on Mac/Mac M1 devices via Rosetta. Just follow the steps below:
Move to /System/Library/CoreServices/Applications on Finder (since it's hidden, use Move to Folder Cmd+shift+G) and choose DVD Player.
Type ⌘+I and check "Open using Rosetta". Then type ⌘+W and add "DVD Player" to "Dock" by drag-and-drop.
Open DVD Player and play a DVD. If "DVD Player" open automatically when you insert a DVD, it still doesn't works. Please choose the window, type ⌘+Q, and re-open "DVD Player" from "Dock".
Solution 7: Use DVD-R instead of DVD-RW
Apple has explicitly indicated that the Mac DVD player may not work if the source DVDs are certain types of DVD-RW discs. In this case, you may also receive an error message saying there is no disc in the DVD drive. Instead of the DVD-RW discs, you'd better burn your content on a DVD-R disc.
Ultimate Solution to Fix Mac DVD Player Not Playing Issue
Digitize DVD and play DVD movie on Mac without DVD player.
Step 1: Free download this professional DVD ripper on Mac. Launch it and then click "DVD Disc" button to import DVD disc.
Step 2: Select the DVD backup mode from the output profile window: Clone DVD to ISO image, Main title content/Full title copy, or backup full title to MKV. Alternatively, you also can choose iPhone, iPad Pro/mini 4, iPad Air 2, Samsung Galaxy, Surface Pro, Xbox One, PlayStation, etc. mobile devices as the output format.
Rip DVD to digital for limiteless playback
Step 3: Specify a destination folder to save the output DVD digital file via the "Browse" button.
Step 4: Press on "RUN" button. This Mac DVD copy program will begin to repair badly scratched DVD and copy DVD to digital formats (MP4, MOV, AVI, MKV, FLV, etc.).
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