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Why won't my computer read it?

I have a pc and it won't even recognize that the dvd is in their when i put it in. Then i have a powermac G4, and it still doesn't read it. I took it in to the Apple store, they tried it there and still could not read it. But at home on my toshiba d-r5 and my sony, it reads fine. WHAT DO I DO????

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  • Ravi Gunewardena Aug 01, 2007

    I can't do that. My computer doesn't even recognize that there is a disk inn the drive. However any other dvd will work. I figured out that the format the toshiba burns in is DivX. So i went on their website to find software that would allow me to read the disk, but it didn't work, the computer just won't read it.

  • Ravi Gunewardena Aug 02, 2007

    The disk is burned. I burned it on my Toshiba D-R5. It is in Divx form. My average sony dvd player reads it no problem. However, my pc, or mac won't read it. I bought the software from DivX website for $20 but now when ever i select a function on the DivX player, the program shuts down. I am in a real bind, i have to do this for a wedding which is on Sunday August 5th.

  • RyanWilson Jan 05, 2008

    When I put Star Wars: Empire at War in my dvd drive, my computer didn't even see a dvd in there!? What is the problem with it? my email is rwils79@eq.edu.au

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This is not a Mac/PC problem but because the DVD-Recorder burned a protected disc to prevent copying of TV programs. On most cases, the DVD can be played on a normal DVD player but cannot even be read by MAC and some PCs.

The 4GB+ DVD might even be interpreted as 8GB+ DVD to prevent copying of content. It is not easy to break this copy protection method but on a PC, it can be done. Although how to do it is a trial and error experience.

If you are able to read the disc, you might notice that there is an additional folder besides the usual "Audio_TS and Video_TS". It is a sure tell sign that the DVD is recorded from a DVD-recorder and is copy protected somehow.

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Finalize the disk in the computer.

Posted on Jul 31, 2007

  • john ash
    john ash Aug 01, 2007

    This disk is it a burned disk?
    If so what burned it?
    If it is not a burned disk- describe it in more detail
    I notice too that you are talking Mac here
    So is it a Mac compatibility problem?

  • john ash
    john ash Aug 02, 2007

    Looks like you will have to change to another burn system.
    Down load CDBurnerXPPro 3
    It is free and all the kit I have access to reads them.
    I do shows too.

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