Prerecorded Video DVD's not recognized as being in DVD Drive

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by WGSLATER, Jun 26, 2008.


    WGSLATER Guest

    Occasionally I come across a DVD Video that is not recognized as even being
    installed in the DVD Drive. Neither Windows Explorer or Windows Media Center
    see the DVD. If I insert the DVD into my laptop with XP installed, it
    automatically starts and plays fine. Other DVD's play fine, so I know my DVD
    Drive is working. My OS is Vista Home Premium 32 bit.
    WGSLATER, Jun 26, 2008
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  2. Mark L. Ferguson, Jun 26, 2008
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    WGSLATER Guest

    Mark, thanks but I had checked those FAQ's but since I don't know the format
    of the DVD's that aren't recognized, I don't know what Codec might fix my

    Bill Slater
    WGSLATER, Jun 26, 2008

    KDE Guest

    Are these store bought DVD's? Home made DVD'S?

    If store bought, where do you live (country) where did you get the DVD's?
    Commercial DVD's are created using Region settings, so a DVD can be made to
    not be playable on a machine from a different corner of the world.

    If homemade, it could be a media problem DVD-R vs DVD+R vs DVD-RW, or it
    could be Codec related.

    you could also download GOM player, a great free media
    player that uses internal codecs (not your system ones) and see if it will
    recognize and play the DVD's
    KDE, Jun 26, 2008

    John T Guest

    I am having a similar problem with some DVD's. All my DVD's are US region 1
    DVD's however when I place some store bought DVD's in my DVD rom the DVD is
    not detected. It is not a hardware issue, MOST DVD's are recognized. It's not
    a CODEC issue it's not recognizing a disc at all. This isn't a failure in
    play. It's a failure in detection of media. Anyone have any idea. Examples of
    a movie that would play Ghost Busters. But not Ghost Busters 2.
    John T, Jul 12, 2008

    WGSLATER Guest

    I'm not sure if GOMPLAYER fixed my problem or Microsoft did, as I've received
    a lot of updates in the past few weeks since I experienced the problem. I
    loaded GOMPLAYER and then took a few comercially made DVD's that didn't work
    on Vista and now they were recognized as being in the drive and Windows Media
    Player (not gomplayer) opened and played the DVD. For now it appears my
    probolem is solved.
    WGSLATER, Jul 13, 2008
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