DVD says "no disc"

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Hello, I have been trying this past week to burn a video cd with no success. I downloaded a sample mpeg from vcdhelp and then nero 5.5 demo. I choose video cd and dragged and dropped the file into the window and then chose write cd. it went through the process and I checked the disc; it showed five directories cdi ext vcd mpegav segment. if I open the dat file in mpegav it plays with windows media, but if I insert the disc into my rca dvd player it just says no disc. Also tried it in a friends sony, which says it plays video cd's and is from japan, and it still doesnt't work. I'm using a memorex cdrw which vcdhelp says works in my dvd. there are no files in the root directory of the cd. I think the directories with files were vcd cdi ext and mpegav with nothing in segment. Any ideas?

Thanks, Mark

-- Mark Giglio (mgiglio@iscgrp.com), January 15, 2002


What brand is your DVD player? Many do not play CD-R or CD-RW media. By the way, playing VCD and playing VCD burned to CD-R or CD-RW discs are not the same thing. All DVD players that I know of will play commercial VCDs, but many will not play CD-R or CD-RW discs at all. Sony is notorious for poor CD-R support. Sounds like you burned it fine, but your player just doesn't like CD-RW media. It probably won't play CD-R media either. VCDhelp is a good resource, but the DVD player compatibility list is not 100% accurate. It's more right than wrong, but there are errors in it and perhaps what it says about your DVD player is wrong. It could be that your DVD player is either older or newer than what is listed in the list. For example, Sony DVD players originally would play CD-R and CD-RW, then they took it away, then they brought it back so that CD-R and CD-RW worked, but only for VCD and not SVCD. You may have a DVD player with old firmware, or a new one that's been deliberately made to not support CD-R/W, etc.

-- Jason (Jason.Shumate@equant.com), January 15, 2002.

Your best bet now is to probably go to Circuit City and try your creation on every DVD player in the store to see what actually gives.

-- Mehmet Tekdemir (turk690@yahoo.com), January 16, 2002.


Did you burn the VCD on CD-R or CD-RW? My DVD player will play a VCD that was burned to CD-RW, but refuses to recognize an exact copy of that disk if its on a CD-R. I read somewhere that it has something to do with the reflective qualities of the two types of media...that some DVD players incorporate two lasers to read both, but most don't.

-- Gary Arrington (garringt@haymed.org), January 17, 2002.

this is the common problem. the solution is ot buy a player which reads CD-R format and the cheapest you can find on high street is in Sears. the other possibility is NAPA player which is available atMP3 player sotre.

-- (vigneshraj@msn.com), January 17, 2002.

It is a common problem I had experience with in the past. I understand it is the way of vendors such as Sony that they try to protect copyright to the song producers and INTENSIONALLY block CD-R from playlist. Only one brand I know that can play is Pioneer, try DVD-V630.

-- niceguy (jchsu@lan-inc.com), January 20, 2002.

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