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Playing recorded DVDs on PC or other DVD player

Recorded DVD +RW or +R that I create on the Phillips recorder are not recognised/playable on my PC or other DVD recorders. I get the message "DVD not formatted, do I wish to format now" response. I've tried this in my home PC and office laptop and get the same response. Also friends are unable to play my recorded DVDs in their DVD players (not Phillips). Are recordings on the Phillips recorder captured in a perculair format that is only recognised by to Phillips DVD players?

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  • Hartbox Aug 18, 2008

    For a while now I have been able to take a DVD recording, (from my Philips DVDR3305), and carry out a final edit, i.e. adding menus in the computer before finalising it.



    Just recently any DVD recordings that I have done, the PC is not recognising any content on the disc at all, I have two DVD recording drives in my PC:



    NEC DVD_RW ND-3550A

    HL-DT-ST DVD-RAM GSA-H54L



    When the disc loads I double-click My Computer and the content appears to be blank as if you have inserted a blank disc, I then take it back into the DVD recorder just to check that the disc still works, and it plays fine - I could finalise it at this stage but want to add some menus etc. before I do.



    Any ideas????



    Thanks



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Recordings from your DVD recorder should play on other DVD players as long as you finalize the recording on your recorder.

A PC should recognise an un-finalized, but only in a DVD writer drive.

There is a firmware upgrade available for this model. Follow this link and select your particular country version DVDR3320/XX

http://www.support.philips.com/support/html/index_gb_en.html#../~scripts/xsltransformsearch.asp?url=http://www.sms.philips.com/catalogue/list?sid=SMS||type=CONSUMER||locale=gb_en||mode=prod_text||item=dvdr3320v||page=1||show=50&xsl=search_result.xsl

Select Software & Drivers and click on the link to the zip file.

Follow the on-screen instructions.

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