DVD/BR writers won't recognize certain DVDs

Petter Adsen petter at synth.no
Fri Mar 25 09:19:15 UTC 2016

On Thu, Mar 24, 2016 at 08:04:04PM -0700, MR ZenWiz wrote:
> I suppose it's possible the discs aren't region 1, but they are
> commercially mass produced for use in the US, so I doubt that.
> I got one of them to mount at work, and it was read into a file that
> can't be watched - the menu terminates on any click.  I'll have to try
> mplayer track by track, although it only claims to have 1.
> The other one also loaded, but it got a read error in the first 2048
> sectors and quit.

After everything you have described so far, it sounds a lot like there is
something wrong with these discs. There could also be a beginning problem with
your drive, like the laser becoming misaligned or dirty.

If the discs themselves are bad you have been sold a faulty product and should
be able to return them, no matter what the DMCA says.

You should be able to mount a DVD as a data disc and get a filesystem. If you
can get that, try ripping and encoding it with Handbrake or a similar tool -
that would at least let you view the movie. This might not be legal in your
jurisdiction, though, so make sure to feel extra bad for the poor studios if
you do so. /s


"I'm ionized"
"Are you sure?"
"I'm positive."

More information about the ubuntu-users mailing list