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The dvd I record with my handycam will not play on my computer

The dvd I record with my handycam DCR-DVD105 will play back on the camera, but not on my computer? Any ideas?

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  • ronsundberg Aug 01, 2010

    Yes I was able to play the dvd after finalizing it. Thanks, Ron



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There could be any number of different problems that you are encountering in this situation:
First, are finalizing the disks? In order to use the disks on other players the disk must be finalized, something that might not be necessary for the Sony player itself.
Second, most, but not all DVD players or drivers will play DVD-R. Look in the users manual to see what formats yours will play. (My friend's unit will play -R but not +R and I have one that will play +R but not -R). If that's the problem, double check whether it can have its firmware upgraded (go figure) and then play DVD+-R discs. You could also try using DVD+R or DVD+RW disks to see if that makes a difference.
are you making Video-CD's (VCD) in the transfer process? VCDs will only play on certain DVD player equipment.
Are the disks you are using able to support the recorders write speed? Using disks that do not support the write speed will cause unreliable results. These disks may or may not work on the recorder but will not likely work on other devices.
Will the disks play back in the recorder once finalized? if yes and it won't play on your computer see if it play son the computer of your friend's.
If all the of the parameters are met, i.e., it's the right right speed, format and it is finalized the disk should work in a player that supports the format.

there are two more possibilities as well

1. The DVD-R is burned with errors that the cam and the DVD player can handle but your DVD drive in the computer cannot. This one is kind of unlikely since computer DVD readers are generally more forgiving.

2. The DVD drive in your computer does not support mini DVDs or -R DVDs so does not detect the presence of a disc. You may be able to handle that by going to the manufacturer's website and downloading the latest firmware for the DVD drive. If you do get new firmware follow the instructions TO THE LETTER! Shut down any program that may "spring to life" during the process. Otherwise it's like you give your DVD drive a brain transplant and half way through you stop. DVD drive with no brain!

So even after checking all this ///// if it still doesn't work, then you might want to talk with Sony support.


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  • ronsundberg Aug 01, 2010

    No, I guess I am not finalizing the disc....can't find my manual...what exactly is involved? Thanks, Ron



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