3 and a half hours of working to solve this idiotic problem with no respite.
The solution from yesterday has turned out not to actually work. So I still have to play a DVD using VLC and THEN play it using Frontrow (if I want the additional things the apple remote can do, such as pause and stop).
The alternative is to flash the DVD drive or suck it up. To flash the DVD drive I have to DOWNGRADE (I can’t believe I’m saying this but I’m seriously considering this option) to 10.4, then run the firmware updater.
It would appear the whole problem is occurring because I had the audacity to purchase DVDs from the US (simply because they were unavailable here in Australia). With US region coding the DVDs won’t play properly (in the first instance) with Frontrow which has — until this point — been quite a reliable playback system.
I’ve tried several alternatives to Frontrow to see if it was just the software, including XBMC, Boxee and Plex. XBMC doesn’t play DVDs properly, PLEX doesn’t even attempt to play DVDs and Boxee had the same problems Frontrow had. I tried a couple of other media-centre applications, and have considered setting up the mac mini as a mythTV box (but would need help setting up the back-end; ironically I wouldn’t use the back-end for recording TV as I don’t watch it).
All this hassle JUST TO WATCH A DVD I HAVE ACTUALLY BOUGHT WITH MONEY!!! WHY AM I BEING PUNISHED FOR BUYING A DVD?!
It’s turning into a rant. I should go to bed. Fuck it.