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viewing a photo cd

by pool-girl / January 24, 2012 2:39 AM PST

My cousin sent me a photo cd of old family photos. She said I should just insert the disk & they would pop up, but they don't. I am new to Apple, & get easily confused... Sad I am using a MacBook Pro. Can anyone help me??? Thank you Happy

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With the CD in, it will mount on the desktop
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / January 24, 2012 7:22 AM PST
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Does it?

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Thank You!!!
by pool-girl / January 24, 2012 9:16 AM PST

Thank you for your reply. No, there is no icon to click. I will talk to her about finalizing it Happy Thanks again!!

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just as a matter of interest,
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / January 24, 2012 9:07 PM PST
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when you put in other Cd's or DVD's, can you confirm that they appear on the desktop?

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Thank you
by pool-girl / January 25, 2012 12:32 AM PST

Yes, I put in a dvd, & had an icon, & a remote control pop up. Haven't tried a music cd yet. Happy

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(NT) OK, just proving that the DVD/CD drive actually work
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / January 25, 2012 7:26 AM PST
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Would like to view my pictures from a HPPhoto disc on a Mac
by Sandibug4469 / March 12, 2013 11:51 PM PDT

I had some pictures scanned to a disc at Wal-mart however, I'm not able to open it up on my Mac Book Pro.

I checked to make sure the pictures were on the disc before leaving the store so I know that's not the issue.

Also, what do you mean by 'finalize' the disc Confused - in modern day vernacular please.


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Re: viewing pictures
by Kees_B Forum moderator / March 13, 2013 12:11 AM PDT

The first thing I'd do is find a Windows device (laptop or PC) and try if that can see the pcitures on the disc.


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Seems there is a Wikipedia entry on this
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 13, 2013 12:20 AM PDT

"make it playable on a system other than the one it was recorded on"

You may need to know that if this disc is one where you can add more pictures to at Walmart, then it is not finalized and may not work on all computers, DVD players until it is final.
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Finalize the disc.
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / March 13, 2013 8:26 AM PDT

When a disc is burned but not finalized, it is possible to add more data (photo's) to the disc.
Sounds good in theory but can cause problems like the one you are experiencing. The disc will work fine on the machine it was recorded on but not work at all in others.

This problem is avoided if the disc is finalized on completion of the burning process. This is done by default on a Mac when you burn from the Finder.
This effectively closes off the disc and prevents any further data from being put on it.
In this state, the disc is usually playable on all types of CD or DVD player.

Take the disc back to Walmart and get them to finalize the disc for you.

See the post by Bob for further information.


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