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Nitram 11-18-2008 05:39 PM

Burned DVD does not work in DVD player
I have been using various versions of Nero, Ulead Visual Studio, and AVS software with great success to convert video tape to DVD.

However, after rebuilding my computer from scratch, none of the DVDs I make will play on a DVD player. They work just fine on different computers. The DVD player reports that it is "Reading..." but never starts. Neither does it produce an error message such as "The disc won't work in this player".

Can anyone suggest what might be missing on my system? I am running windows XP, Service Pack 3, I assume it is a system problem because I get the same result with different software and, incidentally, a new DVD burner.



squirrelnmoose 11-19-2008 02:03 AM

Are you using a different brand disc?
Also did you try lower burning speeds and did you finalize the discs.

All these can change compatibility with various players.

What encoding format are you burning?
avi, mpeg, wmv, vob ?

Nitram 11-19-2008 05:19 PM

The disk brand is the same - SONY.
Lower burning speeds on either burner produces same result.
The disks are finalized.
I am burning mpeg (tried 1 and 2).
BTW, my DVD player works with disks from a variety of sources, just not mine . :-(

squirrelnmoose 11-19-2008 05:49 PM

Either burner?
Is the new one on a different cable?
There used to be problems burning when the source hard drive and burner where on the same cable. But I haven't seen that in a while, newer burners and software have resolved that.

Sometimes multiple burning software can cause issues too, try un-installing all, rebooting, then reinstalling your favorite or one that worked best in the past.

Can you see the data on the disc after burning? You should be able to see a difference in appearance on the burned side of the disc, starting at the inside.

That and software configurations is all I can think of now.

Nitram 11-20-2008 12:22 AM

Thanks for your help. It seems I was short-sighted in mt search for solutions. I took my DVDs to a friend and they worked just fine on both his players (different brands).

So I guess my player has devloped a glitch. But what a great justification for getting a BlueRay with all the bells and whistles:-)

Thanks again,

squirrelnmoose 11-20-2008 12:36 AM

If you're looking at BlueRay I suggest getting a Sony PS3. Up until a week ago they were the same price as a stand alone player, plus you get a gaming machine and you can stream media from your networked PC's.
Stand alone players just had a price drop, but I think the PS3 still is rated as one of the best, partly because it's firmware upgradeable. Meaning it can get updates to play any new spec that my come out.

I have one and would recommend to anybody considering a player near the same price. It also upscales most standard DVD's very well.

Side note, I've burned many DVD's and the player that has been the most compatible is my $25 player I bought almost 4yrs. ago and still working great. You can find them at all you local big box electronic stores.

lurkswithin 11-20-2008 12:59 AM

Did you actually install the DVD codecs for the DVD player after the re-install?

Do CD's play ok or do they not play either?

William_Wilson 11-20-2008 08:04 AM

This problem is not an issue with the disc or the media present, but simply your dvd player. There are 2 formats NTSC and PAL, these both run at different frame rates, thus a dvd player designed for only one type cannot play discs of the other. With international travel and online purchasing becoming more common, many companies are including capabilities to play both types, but it sounds like your dvd player does not.

Dark Angel 11-24-2008 06:31 PM

Hi Martin,

when you check in the explorer, what files are written to your DVD? It should say AUDIO_TS and VIDEO_TS. Anything else won't work in an ordinary DVD player.

squirrelnmoose 11-24-2008 06:48 PM


It should say AUDIO_TS and VIDEO_TS. Anything else won't work in an ordinary DVD player.
Not completely true. That is DVD format. Many set top players will play other formats like, divx, xvid, mpeg, avi, and also other formats for photos and music like, jpeg, mp3,wma, kodak picture disc and more.
The popular formats are usually labled on the from of the player. Or check on the mfg's website or the manual it came with.

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