Solved why i cannot play some dvd's on my laptop

March 3, 2016 at 07:53:43
Specs: Windows 7
Hi, I ve been converting home videos from VHF to DVD's with an LG video/dvd recorder. However some dvd's will not play on my lap top. I dont understand why some will play and some not. Im using the same dvds for all (DVD+R)

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March 3, 2016 at 11:14:03
Just for giggles, buy a couple of DVD-R and try burning to them. See if they play in your laptops.


#1
March 3, 2016 at 08:04:45
Are all of them finalized and the same brand?

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#2
March 3, 2016 at 08:22:36
yes they are.

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#3
March 3, 2016 at 09:13:12
A while back I was recording a CDR - tracks selected from a play list in iTunes - and found that the CDR would play fine on the computer making it - but not on my Sony (hifi...) CD player.

However... if I made a CDRW version first, and then copied/duplicated that to to CDR - the problem disappeared...

It seemed to be brand independent - as in the problem persisted with Sony, Verbatim at least.

I know that some DVD players (including recorder/players) have limitations with regard to DVDRW and so on... I have a Panasonic DVD recorder and it has limits on which disks it will recognise... Again it's related to DVDR and DVDRW... Can't recall just now which it dislikes but it's one or other; probably variants of DVDRW - when recording. But will play both OK if they're recorded elsewhere (computer etc.).

Are all your disks the same brand? Have you tried making a DVDRW version - and if that is successful.. then try duplicating the DVDRW to a DVDR and test again?


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#4
March 3, 2016 at 09:22:52
All my dvd's are the same brand , Imation DVD+R. So far I recorded 9 dvd's and only 3 out of 9 will not play on my laptop or another laptop i have in the house. They all play on the dvd machine. I havent done anything different and i tried re doing them on a new dvd but they still wont play! Its mind blocking !


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#5
March 3, 2016 at 10:56:01
mmm I have no personal experience with Imation; but I have seen in the past, some comments that they occasionally have problems. That they won't record properly, or are sometimes not compatible with all players. For me (and a few others too I think) they represented a somewhat unknown quantity, of questionable standard...

Also often disks are made by one a few manufacturers and then badged by assorted vendors... Which might mean that your Imation disks are not necessarily all of one manufacture?

Bulk disk packages (unbranded, or discount store own brands) are often sold with an expectation of failures of one sort of another. But the overall cost per disk being cheaper than with big brands many seem to feel the risk is worth it?

There is (was...?) a utility around on the web that allows one to scan a disk (blank or otherwise) and discover exactly what it is. It's pedigree as it were. It doesn't address the recording area; rather looks at data on an otherwise hidden track...

If I can find a link to it I will post it here.

Meanwhile - can you afford to use another brand of disk; and hopefully the problem won't occur with those?


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#6
March 3, 2016 at 10:56:32
I suppose it is not beyond possibility that the recorder has an intermittent fault or that its lenses need cleaning. There are cleaning kits available.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#7
March 3, 2016 at 11:14:03
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Just for giggles, buy a couple of DVD-R and try burning to them. See if they play in your laptops.

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#8
March 3, 2016 at 11:15:34
Occasionally a drive unit may be slightly out of alignment (the head/tracking etc.); and this may not allow other systems to read a disk made by that out of true system. Equally of course it may just be within tolerances; but say to one edge, and the other systems might on the other edge...; and possibly the margin of error allowed is exceeded...? Derek's suggestion re' a lens cleaner is no harm to try; though on this occasion I suspect it won't impact on/resolve it all?

The info here may be useful - re' my comments in my previous response

http://www.digitalfaq.com/reviews/d...

http://forum.digital-digest.com/f69...

gives very useful links to two approaches (below) to finding about a given diskā€¦

http://dvd.identifier.cdfreaks.com

http://forum.digital-digest.com/f57...


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#9
March 3, 2016 at 11:59:35
Ty trvlr, I will try a different brand.

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#10
March 3, 2016 at 12:00:53
Thank you Derek.

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#11
March 3, 2016 at 12:02:18
Lol THX 1138...I'll try it

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#12
March 3, 2016 at 12:05:21
Ive send an email to LG customer support also....interesting to find out if they came across something like this b4

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#13
March 3, 2016 at 12:25:00
That's a useful avenue to pursue... Possibly it's not entirely unknown.

Keep us posted on the response(s).


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#14
March 6, 2016 at 04:45:58
I tried what THX 1138 suggested recording on a DVD-R and it plays on my laptop but not on the recorder!
Still havent heard anything from LG customer support.

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#15
March 7, 2016 at 02:31:14
Thought ill update you on my problem. I contacted an LG technician and he is as puzzled as i am. He suggested i take the machine in to be checked.
Dont think there is anything wrong with my machine cause i recorded 9 dvd's so far and the ones that are not playing is no 1,6 and 9....so in between the dvd's are playing fine on both machine and laptop.
Thanks for all the help

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#16
March 7, 2016 at 06:48:46
I assume you never tried cleaning the lenses?

Whatever, thanks for the update - hope it works out.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#17
March 7, 2016 at 10:07:00
Sorry Derek, yes I will try doing what you suggested...it's just that I haven't been to the shops to look for the cleaning kit yet. I'll try that before taking it to the service center. Thank you

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