DVD/BR writers won't recognize certain DVDs

MR ZenWiz mrzenwiz at gmail.com
Sat Mar 26 05:20:52 UTC 2016

On Fri, Mar 25, 2016 at 2:19 AM, Petter Adsen <petter at synth.no> wrote:
> 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.

It's more than that.  I was able to get one of the discs to read at
work in two other machines, then just now on my laptop.  I ripped the
disc to an iso image on the laptop and ran VLC to check them out.

Here's the interesting part - VLC will play the DVD, but it oonly can
access the menus of the ISO file - nothing plays.

I'll take the file and burn a DVD with it to see if that can be
played, maybe - it's DL-DVD and I'm not sure I want to bother.

I'll see about Handbrake to rip the movie itself.

The other disc copied to an iso that plays fine, so for all the
trouble it caused in my desktop, it's fine on my laptop.

I'm beginning to think that the laptop optical drives are higher
quality than those made for desktops.

Thanks to all.

> 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.
True, but at least I understand why stores don't allow that anymore -
too many people stealing movies by taking them home, copying them,
then bringing them back for a refund.

> 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
My heart bleeds purple rain for the producers.


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