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DVD disc compatibility btw computer and DVD player

Discussion in 'Misc Electronics' started by DaveC, Mar 26, 2005.

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  1. DaveC

    DaveC Guest

    My friend makes DVD of episodes he records off of TV. They play fine on his
    DVD burner/player in his PC.

    When I borrow the discs, they frequently (not always) come to a grinding halt
    in my Mac (using DVD Player app). When I put them in my commercial,
    made-in-Japan Panasonic DVD player, they don't skip a beat. Well, to be
    accurate, they sometimes "artifact" (display those weird, large, square
    pixels on the display) for a few seconds, but never halt.

    I just want to understand the difference between the computer's DVD player
    and the commercial one. Is it the software that is giving up and quitting? Or
    is it the hardware (the DVD drive) that fails.

    To my mind, the DVD Player app could simply skip those sectors and move right
    along, displaying whatever jerky video it can assemble from the disc.

    Is it true that another player app could play a marginal disc just like the
    commercial DVD player without quitting?

    Thanks,
    --
    Please, no "Go Google this" replies. I wouldn't
    ask a question here if I hadn't done that already.

    DaveC

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  2. But of course you didn't, or else you'd not be cross-posting this
    to
    sci.electronics.basics,
    sci.electronics.equipment,
    sci.electronics.misc,
    sci.electronics.repair

    At the very best, this only relates to repair.

    But realistically it has nothing to do with the sci.electronics.*
    hierarchy. There are plenty of newsgroups devoted to computers,
    and plenty devoted to DVDs where the question properly belongs.

    Michael
     
  3. JANA

    JANA Guest

    Many of the older model computer DVD players are not very compatible to
    DVD's burned on the newer players. This has to do with data write speeds,
    tracking accuracy, and the DVD type.

    Personally, I would change the DVD unit in the computer to a new updated
    model.

    When exchanging DVD disks, the DVD-R is probably the most compatible between
    drives and systems. Ask your friend to burn them at the slowest speed rather
    than ripping them off at the highest speed, as like many people do.
     
  4. Guest

    Michael Black:
    Oh, come on now, Michael..... there are plenty of regulars and
    visitors to this group sci.electronics.repair that can field questions
    such as DaveC posted. .... and I, along with many others will certainly
    take EXCEPTION to your statement that sci.electronics.repair that "at
    the very best, this only relates to repair" ...... just take some time
    to "read the mail" on this sci.electronics.repair newsgroup and you
    will soon realize that there is a lot of expertise in a lot of related
    fields including computers and DVDs.... and not neccessarily just
    repair.
    Let's not get your panties in a knot here. If you don't want to
    answer the question then don't waste your time with a reply.
    electricitym
    ..
    ..
     
  5. Gary J Tait

    Gary J Tait Guest

    I understand the Mac DVD player software is at fault.
     
  6. CWatters

    CWatters Guest

    Lack of compatibility is a common pronblem - Manufacturers from the two
    camps (DVD- and DVD+) argued for ages over who's system would produce discs
    that were readable in the largest number of drives. If you friend has a
    multi standard drive that will burn both + and - media have him try the
    other type.
     
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