DVD Ownership Issues

I know DVDs are a dead media, but old Macs with DVD players are not dead (yet). So this is still a relevant issue. The Mac OS and DVD Player compete for ownership of inserted DVDs. If you hate DVD Player auto-running when you insert a DVD you just have to deselect the “Start playing disk” checkbox, right?

DVD AutoPlay Option

So now we slip a DVD into the DVD slot and what happens?

DVD Player Auto Playing
DVD Player AutoPlaying

Hmm. Let’s check System Preferences. There are autoplay options in there.

System Preferences DVD AutoPlay Option
System Preferences DVD AutoPlay Option

Okay. Now we have the behaviour we want. But why are there two different sets of preferences for the same event? The System Preferences option should be the definitive one, and DVD Player should have to check with System Preferences when the user wants to change the option in the DVD Player preferences.

DVD Player 5500.66; System Preferences 14.0 (14.0).

 

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