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DVD?s made with 10.4.11 cannot be read with 10.6.4?

by robintetlow / July 2, 2010 10:33 PM PDT

I have unusual, although not debilitating issue with DVD?s made on a white 13-inch MB (MB2,1, mid-2007, 2.16GHz, 2GB RAM, SuperDriveDVD=Matshita DVD-R UJ-857E) running Tiger 10.4.11 which cannot be read on a MBPro 15.4-inch (MBP4,1, early-2008, 2,4GHz, 2GB RAM, SuperDriveDVD player=HL-DT-ST DVDRW GSA-S10N) running SnowLeopard 10.6.4.

The DVD?s were burned, a couple of years ago, on the white MB and contain a copies of files from my user (administrator) directory, mostly iWork and MSOffice files.

I am able to read the contents of the DVD?s and open the individual files on the white MB but not on my MBPro: when I insert the disk, a finder window appears saying I have inserted a blank DVD and asks me how I wish to proceed in using it.

There many ways to recover the files, not least using the MB I created them with, but I would like to understand why this is occurring. Anyone have any ideas?

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(NT) What method was used to burn the original disks?
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / July 2, 2010 11:17 PM PDT
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I used the burn function of Tiger (Finder)
by robintetlow / July 3, 2010 12:42 AM PDT

Apologies for not putting this information in the original post.

I created a burn folder first then dragged and dropped the files I wanted to copy to disk into it. After that, popped in a blank DVD and followed the instructions.

(BTW, I can read DVD's created from PC's running Windows XP on both Mac's)

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I was wondering if the DVD
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / July 3, 2010 8:58 AM PDT

was finalized.

However, if they are created in the way you say, they would be automatically finalized.

Do you have any DVD's of a different brand that you would try on the MBP and then the new machine?


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There would appear to be no difference between DVD makes
by robintetlow / July 3, 2010 6:45 PM PDT

The three DVD's involved are all of different makes.

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Focus please on "finalized"
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 3, 2010 11:14 PM PDT

"finalized", finalized and finalized.

While I want to avoid a dissertation on file systems and CD/DVD recording, I want to focus on the word finalized.

Try that!

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(NT) The DVD's were "finalized" it now!
by robintetlow / July 4, 2010 5:42 AM PDT
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Having focused on the the word finalized.....
by robintetlow / July 7, 2010 6:33 PM PDT

the DVD's are in fact finalized and readable by Mac's running Tiger and PC's running XP.

The problem still remains...i.e. they are not readable on a Mac running Snow Leopard 10.6.4.

Has anyone else got some ideas?

Thanks again for your assistance.

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Bad DVD drive?
by onemoremile / July 9, 2010 8:39 AM PDT

Can your MBP read other DVDs? If the DVDs can be read by other computers, then they are not the problem. You may have a hardware issue with your MacBook Pro. If it is still under warranty, I would definitely advise contacting Apple.


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Dave...thanks for your input.
by robintetlow / July 9, 2010 6:07 PM PDT
In reply to: Bad DVD drive?

Yes, the MBP plays DVD's and CD's; commercial (films) and non-commercial (burned).

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