there is nothing in the cd rom drive folder is it normal? : LUSENET : Video CD : One Thread

hi when i put the vcd disck it doesnt run by itself so i try to open by xing or media player but there is no files in the cd rom drive to open.ITS EMPTY. even when i put all files. But the vcd disck run perfectly in a vcd player . what is the problem? how come i dont see any folders or file in the cd rom directory?

-- theary kai (, November 21, 1998


No, it's not normal. If I take any of the VCDs that I have and put them in my CD-ROM drive, it looks like a regular CD-ROM, with three or four folders. I think one of the folders may be empty, but there's one file (something.dat, I think) that contains the MPEG-1 data.

I'm not sure what's going on with your VCD. I would have thought that if it plays in your VCD player, it would have a regular CD-ROM file system on it.

-- Russil Wvong (, November 25, 1998.

It's normal. There are some VCDs we can see the folders, but there are some else, we can't. I noticed that, but I don't know why.

-- Sothavath AN (, December 30, 1998.

so then, how would you go about playing one of these on a PC? I tried getting Xing to play it using the Play VCD command but it claimed there wasn't anything there.

-- Jess S (, April 13, 1999.

I got a tip by e-mail: try cleaning the VCD! Use a standard CD cleaning kit.

-- Russil Wvong (, April 14, 1999.

The Video CD should have at least: MPEGAV, CDI, BIN, VCD, EXT, CDDA, SEGMENT. Now if your VCD player can read the disc but your CD-ROM can not then, your CD-ROM is not compatible with the Video CDs. I have two drives in my machine, a CD-RW and CD-ROM. Certain movies refuse to work in my CD-RW, I have to use the CD-ROM. This may be the case with your movies. Go to a friends house(with a computer) and try it on that machine. If it shows some of these folders then yu are in good shape, just buy another CD-ROM. You can leave the old one in as a master to control installation and others but use the second for movies.

-- Will Shakes (, April 14, 1999.

Ahh, but most VCD's do work and I can find no discernable difference between the two. I also took them to work and popped them into a relativly new 32x speed CD and the same thing happened. For anyone interested the VCD's in question are Tai Chi Master and Ghost for Sales.

-- Jess S (, April 14, 1999.

I encounter the same problem on 2 vcd I bought. The pc I use at work and home cannot read the disk. File manager says there are no files. I have other vcd and they work fine. I brought it back to the store and they popped it into a dedicated vcd and it works.

-- Kam F. Low (, April 29, 1999.

A co-worker and I just experienced the Tai Chi Master blank CD phenomenon. Other VCDs will show 6-8 folders in the D: drive (CD ROM drive), but you do have to change from the default "media file" type to "All Files" before anything shows up. Usually in the "Mpegav" folder will be one or two .dat files. This's the movie.

The person who lent us the Tai Chi Master watched it using a VCD player, not his Media Player or XING.

-- Jim Lewis (, June 28, 1999.

I've also experienced this problem.

I had to use CDRWin to a cue/bin file from the VCD. Then I used VCDGEAR to convert the cue/bin file to an mpeg file. Of course, this means you can only play the movie from your hard disk!

VCD works fine in my DVD player though!

-- G A (, May 05, 2001.

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