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Roxio BluRay Support for Tiger

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[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us (1.10 MB)
MD5: 16789c80d0118a1455ccf307ab654a94
For Mac OS X
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us (1.10 MB)
MD5: 559e039b0a7b205f3fc2e4898b845352
For Mac OS X
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Adds support in Tiger's Finder/Disk Utility/Terminal/etc OS X 10.4.8? or higher support for BluRay discs! These downloads are a bare kernel Extension file (.kext) without an installer, so one of these has to be installed manually.

DL #1 is the kext file ver "1.1.6" date Mar 5/2009 taken from Toast v9.0.5
DL #2 is the kext file ver "1.1.6" date Dec 9/2008 taken from Toast v8.0.5 - an alternate & older version

Mac OS X >= Leopard 10.5.0+ have their own built-in BluRay support so this file is mainly relevant to OS X Tiger 10.4 only. This also looks to be Read-Only, no ability to "burn" BluRay. Burning in Tiger's Finder/Disk Util goes beyond the scope of just adding a kernel extension, it'd require an overhaul of numerous modules. Attempts to burn using Finder usually gave me "illegal request" & "unable to compute free space" error messages. For burning BluRay in Tiger, I am gladly using Toast v7.1.3

If you were to use full Toast 8 (or later), it involves downloading & unzipping 150 Megabytes, inputing a code, has no G3 nor G4-sans-Altivec support, and is so large and invasive that I find it slows down my computer. Toast 9+ even moreso. This kext however runs with G3 processors and does not slow-down my (badass gaming rig) computer. I go with this instead.

I have a general image mounting bug in Tiger (not in this kext, the bug I have is in Tiger itself) and a way to work around this bug, which I'll explain in a comment below.

I find this kext to be Essential to Tiger.

To install, unZip the chosen file to your Desktop.
Copy the resulting .kext file to the System/Library/Extensions/ folder of your boot-volume.
Run Terminal and these two commands in it :
cd /System/Library/Extensions/
sudo chown -R root:wheel RoxioBluRaySupport.kext
Lastly, REBOOT.

md5 checksums & filenames:
16789c80d0118a1455ccf307ab654a94 *
559e039b0a7b205f3fc2e4898b845352 *

Tested also: older versions of this kext. "1.1.3" from Toast v7.1.3 appears all the same to me however at a glance it lacks support for "HDDVD" discs, recall those. "1.1.6" supports HDDVD. Finally, "1.1.3" from year 2006 in Toast v7.1.2 doesn't interface with my OS Tiger, its particular kext fails to hook up with my Tiger of year 2007.

Anyone can grab these kext files from Toasts without actually installing Toast nor needing their passcodes, just by right/control clicking the Toast application file and seeking the Contents/Resources/RoxioBluRaySupport.kext file (bundle, folder, actually).

Architecture: PPC x86 (Intel:Mac)

This is a kernel extension intended for OS X 10.4 Tiger only.
10.4.8 at the lowest is Toast 8's declared minimum requirement.


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by SkyCapt - 2019, March 9 - 6:50am

Would anyone care to verify they can have BluRay disc access in Tiger on G3 Macs using only this kernel extension file? G3 processors cannot run OS X 10.5 Leopard, so without this, a G3 ain't seen BluRay ever before, because G3 cannot run Toast 7+ either.

I tested BluRay from the internal "PATA-100" connected drive in my Mirror Door Mac @ reading over 45 MB/s. That's a 25GB size disc. The Toast8 documentation PDF implies 50GB discs will function as well. With luck, it will prove to handle even larger discs.