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Don't Throw Out Your Old PC. It's A High Tech Media Centre

I have not yet found any stand-alone DVD player that can play nearly as many different formats of Movies, MP?'s, standard discs, USB, Flash Cards , External Hard Drives etc. as an old reliable P4 or equivalent PC can. Unless you want to pay a Kings Ransom, and even then you only get some of this.

I have a old cheap 2.4 GHZ with 1GB (4x256MB) RAM and a 40GB HD that I got from an auction for $50.00. Luckily it came with OS installed, a mouse and Keyboard. With a bit of Top Class Freeware, a PC remote controller, and a couple of cheap hardware cards, I'm like a pig in the proverbial, and loving it.

The best thing I like about it is, it's upgradeable and all you need to do is plug it into your TV, and also if you so desire, a good stereo or 5.1 sound system.

So for much less than the cost of an average MP? player, Multi DVD Recorder and Player combo, and their restrictions, you can have a host of features only limited by your imagination and plug ins.

You will have the Best Media centre in your neighborhood for a song.

If it breaks, it is cheap to replace, and the add-ons are too.

Great for the party room, or just sipping tequila's by the pool.

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I Have a Memorex MVD 2047 DVD Player thats supposed to read DVD RW disks but it doesnt read them help?


Like you said the unit is capable of playing DVD RW and DVD-RW. However, some discs may not be compatible due to format of the files on the discs, software used and laser pickup. Some technologies used to record on discs can prevent optimal playback of the files by changing them which affects the ability of the player to read the file.<br /><br />If you are burning the discs, I would suggest you different software, make sure the video/audio files are being converted to a DVD format that can be played on stand alone players. <!-- from fixya rte -->

Aug 06, 2010 | Memorex MVD2047 DVD Player

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did not burn dvd


The DW-100 burns files in the same format as they were originally recorded by your camcorder. The Canon Vixia HG-21 records in AVCHD--a high-definition format--which is completely different from standard-definition DVD and which is not compatible with regular DVD players (even though the disc itself is a standard DVD-R). As it states in the manual for the camcorder, "High-definition (AVCHD) discs created using the optional DW-100 DVD Burner can be played back only with AVCHD-compatible DVD players."

The DW-100 is really more for archiving your files in their native format than for creating standard DVDs that can be played on regular DVD players. Regular (standard-definition) DVD players can't play AVCHD, although many Blu-Ray players can. Unless you use a Blu-Ray player that supports AVCHD playback, there are two solutions to your problem:

1. If you want to keep your recordings high-def, you can view them by playing them back with the DW-100, which must be connected to your camcorder via the USB cable, then from your camcorder to your TV via an HDMI cable.

2. If you want to have standard DVDs that you can play on any DVD player, either import the files to your computer and convert them to standard-definition using video-editing software, then burn them to DVD with your computer's DVD burner, or connect the analog output (component=better, composite=good) to a stand-alone DVD recorder (i.e. not the DW-100).

I've used the route of Vixia HF-10 camcorder > composite output > Panasonic DMR-ES25S DVD recorder (about $65 used on eBay) with pretty good results when I've wanted to give videos to relatives who don't have Blu-Ray players. You just have to make sure to set the camcorder 's analog (composite) output to 480i so that it formats the picture in the right aspect ratio, or else the 16:9 image will be squeezed to 4:3 instead of letterboxed.

Hope this helps. Good luck.

Mar 19, 2009 | Canon DW 100 DVD-RW Burner

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i recorded my movies on the dw 100 but now i can't grt them to play on my dvd player


The DW-100 records discs based on the format they were originally recorded.

If your camera is recording HiDef videos than the discs this unit creates will be viewable on a Blu-ray disc player.

If your camera is recording in Standard Definition (ie. NOT HD) then I believe that the discs will work in regular or upconverting DVD players.

My Canon camcorder does not record in Standard Def so can't quite vouch for that last comment though.


Jan 06, 2009 | Canon DW 100 DVD-RW Burner

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a DVD burned with Studio 10.8 plays on our stand alone DVD player, but it won't play on our computer.


check what mode the cd video is you may have to burn another one with the correct mode for pc
Right click program on cd go to properties check video name plus what is after the . ie home.wmv as you need to burn cds with a general code
Try VLC Media Player on computer this plays all my video media

Jul 22, 2008 | Pinnacle Systems Studio AV/DV Version 9...

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DVD PLAYS CD'S BUT WONT PLAY DVD'S


Aquarius0128 there are two things to consider here.. dvd's recorded on a computer need to be closed/finalized after you have recorded onto them in order to be used on a stand alone player.. they will play ok on original recorder because of the design of these machines finalizing prepares the structure of the disc so it can be recognised by other players as a dvd video disc.. you will usually see a 'finalize disc' option in your recording program

Second issue is this.. even if finalized an older (or even some modern) stand alone players will not recognise a recorded disc made on a computer or even if it can there are different formats DVD+R DVD-R and even DVD-RAM and DVD-RW (the two latter ones are rarely recognised outside a computer)

Jan 29, 2008 | Sansui VRDVD5000 DVD Recorder/VCR

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