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DVD's not working on Windows 8 help!!!

by bez1999 / February 24, 2013 5:23 AM PST

I recently installed windows 8 on my laptop and have had some problems burning dvds and playing them. Windows burning software would not work burn them and neither would imgburn or dvdflick. So i downloaded Freemake video converter and successfully burnt 30 dvds onto tesco dvd-r disks.

Every single one plays without problems on my dvd player and xbox 360 but not one will play on my laptop. They are on Pal.

The computer views them as blank dvd-rs and says they are empty not sure how this can be though as they are dvd-rs not dvd-rw so should not be re-writable.

I have tried updating the drivers for the drive but windows says it is upto date. I also uninstalled the drivers and re installed but still no luck.

Any help on this would be appreciated Wink
Thanks!

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TRUE!!!
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 24, 2013 5:29 AM PST
http://www.howtogeek.com/127774/how-to-play-dvds-on-windows-8/ tells how to fix this.

This may confuse folk but DVD Player Software is not free. VLC Player is free due to where the folk that write it are and the laws of the land there.

Since Microsoft would have had to pay a license fee, many Windows 8 versions can't play DVDs.
Bob
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Re: DVD's not working on Windows 8
by Kees_B Forum moderator / February 24, 2013 5:32 AM PST
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I've had good luck with Nero on Windows 8
by wpgwpg / February 24, 2013 5:34 AM PST

You might want to try Nero software. It works well on my Windows 8 computer. I have a $20 LG DVD/CD drive there.

Good luck.

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by bez1999 / February 24, 2013 6:04 AM PST

Thanks everyone for the reply's, i should have been more clearer in my first post but i have VLC installed and i can play retail DVDs on the computer through VLC. When i insert a burnt DVD-R autoplay opens and gives me 2 options one is to burn disk and the other is do nothing. The burnt DVD-Rs also wont open directly in VLC as it says error please check log.

So basically everything works fine accept on burnt DVDs which show as empty, it literally offers the space on the disk to copy to.

I will try nero now and see if they will play but would really like to find a solution to this situation as i have burnt 30 DVDs that wont open Sad

Thanks!

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TRUE AGAIN!
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 24, 2013 6:08 AM PST
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If the person making said DVD didn't make a single closed season or used that drag and drop method to create the DVD, all this should happen!

Bob

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by bez1999 / February 24, 2013 6:13 AM PST
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Hi bob, i made the DVDs using freemake video converter, i opened freemake, choose video at the top and browsed to the desired movie file. I then clicked to DVD and choose settings Pal and burn to disk when finished converting. They all converted then burnt to the DVD-Rs and as far as i could see the disks where finalized.

So the problem is freemake? not correctly burning the disks? although they do play on the xbox and dvd player.

Thanks!

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That would be my bet.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 24, 2013 6:15 AM PST
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But why create a Video DVD at all if you have the source file? With the source file on a DATA DVD it can be played in many apps and I would not lose resolution.
Bob

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by bez1999 / February 24, 2013 6:20 AM PST
In reply to: That would be my bet.

The reason i created DVDs was so i could play the movies directly in my xbox and DVD player but also be able to play them on the computer. I gets awkward when you have to use a VGI cable to watch your movies on the TV.

Basically i just wanted to be able to play the movies on the computer, DVD player and xbox which is why i didn't just keep the avi, mp4 and mkv files on disk.

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You've found the cause of the issue.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 24, 2013 6:22 AM PST
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Something in the creation is broken. You can play the files directly on the computer so for now it appears you are able to do what you need. Maybe not what you want.

In closing, I use DVD FLICK to create such DVDs.
Bob

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by bez1999 / February 24, 2013 6:31 AM PST

Yeah, DVDflick wouldn't work for me, it make the video_ts and audio_ts files but would not successfully create a dvd. I can still do what i need but its abit of a inconvenience so will give nero a shot.

Thanks!

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by bez1999 / February 24, 2013 6:36 AM PST
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think i could just convert the files to the required format then play them on xbox through the media player? think that would avoid the need to create a DVD.

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That's a choice in DVD FLICK.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 24, 2013 11:13 AM PST
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I can create those to drop onto a DVD in a custom way. Most of the time I have DVD Flick create an .ISO so I can create a few copies or even better, play the .ISO in VLC PLAYER.

In closing, I use IMGBURN to create the DVD from the .ISO.
Bob

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