DVD is an optical disc storage media format, invented and developed by Philips, Sony, Toshiba, and Time Warner in 1995.

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Windows 7 fails to read recorded DVDs, says I “need to format the disk”

I have a Pioneer DVR 215D. I've had various issues with it in the past - or rather, with its drivers, since it seems to work fine with Linux. Anyway, these days, with Windows 7, the OS refuses to any ...
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Accessing WiFi from a “Live” Linux DVD

I am stuck with a WINDOWS 8.1 machine -- I don't own it, so I cannot install Linux, either instead of Win or dual-boot. I would like to run within a Linux system; so I have several "Live" DVD's. ...
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Corrupted DVD-RW drive? My cdrom/dvd-rw drive will not play ANYTHING

(This is my first post so please bear with me) for fear of forgetting some info, I remember I have Speccy on my computer still so heres my computers Specs: Summary Operating System Microsoft ...
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Why do all sounds work except DVD playback?

I've come across a strange issue and can't seem to fix it myself or find an answer online. I have an HP tower running Windows 7. Absolutely every sound works on it except for when a DVD is inserted ...
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Boot from a DVD with an ubuntu iso on a PC with no OS

I got a 32 bit computer from my school and I fixed it up with a graphics card and HDD (cause the school took them out before giving it to me). Obviously a brand new HDD has no OS so I've tried booting ...
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How can i burn .cab file (a single .Cab file has 6.25 gb size) on dvd

I m unable to burn .cab file (a single .Cab file has "6.25 gb" size) on dvd . I have read n tried many options given in web but it didn't work for me. First: I split "Cab files" by many software like ...
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How can an optical drive function when mounted vertically?

I was looking at the Lenovo ThinkStation P series workstations. Here's an image of the four systems in that line: The last three appear to have their DVD drives mounted vertically. A quick web ...
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Unable to play specific DVD movie discs that work fine on another device

I've got a bit of a strange problem. Just recently purchased Season 4 of Lost from Amazon and when I tried to play it on my laptop it will not play. VLC shows "00:00" with a blue background, Windows ...
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How to unmount dvd (external usb) via eject button on device?

I have an problem with my external usb Dvd-Drive. Everything works fine, the mount works, unmount or eject via shell works. But if I press the eject button on the device it just eject the dvd but does ...
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Install Linux based Operating System on Old Computer With Slow DVD Drive

I currently have an old IBM ThinkPad, this laptop has 512mb ram and a Pentium III processor. I have decided to install Linux onto it, and the specific version of Linux I am going with is lxle, ...
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How to properly extract the content of multisession CD/DVDs?

When I was 11 years old or so, I made copies of my Web 0.9 websites onto CDs among other original content. Now I'm 25 years old, I had forgotten about the CDs and the content still has sentimental ...
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Disc drive doesn't read DVDs anymore

The disc drive in my laptop (a Dell Inspiron 17R, about 1.5 years old) won't read DVDs anymore. The drive spins up several times as if attempting to read it but gives up about 2 seconds later every ...
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Trouble installing windows (USB, DVD & Windows Upgrade)

strong texti've been having lots of trouble installing Windows 8.1 on my ideapad z710 laptop, so here's what i did.. i downloaded a Windows 8.1 Enterprise ISO from "https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/...
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How to play an original DVD (.VOB file) in VLC after copying it to my PC?

I have copied an entire DVD to my PC but when I try to play it in VLC it does not play perfectly and sticks every time. When it is played directly i.e. from the disc, it is played perfectly but in ...
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How to play an original dvd (.vob file) in VLC?

When I play an original DVD in VLC, it does not play properly. i.e. it sticks too much, while on the other hand it plays smoothly in Windows Media Player (though it doesn't allow seeking). The video ...
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Could a bad SATA data cable on a DVD drive cause issues with programs that don't access the drive in Windows 8.1?

I had a very strange issue and solution on one of our Windows 8.1 workstations, and I can’t figure out how my solution would have fixed the problem. This is the workstation: Windows 8.1 x64 AMD ...
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Use an old laptop SATA DVD drive with a USB to SATA adapter?

I have an old laptop DVD drive, which I want to use as an external DVD drive. I'd like to use it with an adapter cable like this: Two questions: My DVD drive's sticker says that it needs 1.5 ...
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Forensic DVD-R data

Forensically speaking, is there a way to read metadata, user profile, computer, or burning info on a DVD-R? I need to discover more about who made an illegal copy of a movie... Is this something ...
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What is the difference between Burning via Data Size over Time Duration

Assume i have 2 Video Files, both 20 minutes long, both same format. one is 2 GB (File A) and one is 200 MB (File B) because it's been heavily compressed. Now if i remember correctly i can burn 120 ...
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Update Microsoft DTV-DVD Video Decoder

When I see Technical Information for Windows media player. I can see information about Microsoft DTV-DVD Video Decoder (msmpeg2vdec.dll). In some machines I see version as 12.0.9200.16426 and some ...
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Is it safe to use letters A and B for drives? [duplicate]

My computer (a modern one, with Windows 8.1) is equipped with a DVD drive and a SD card reader. I'm considering assigning letters A and B to DVD and card reader. I know well that those letters were ...
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Can I be sure that files copied from a DVD are not corrupted?

I'm about to move a lot (like 100) of old backups made on DVDs to my new NAS. The procedure I will use is simply: put a DVD in my Windows 7 PC, move its content to the NAS, repeat with next DVD. If ...
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How do I configure Linux Iso-Image as bootable Thin-Client DVD

I have to find a solution for the special needs of my company and now i getting struggle, i have the following problem. The order: Create a bootable Linux DVD with special RDP settings. We have many ...
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Is there a way to rip DVDs & CDs on headless CentOS box?

Has anyone set up headless DVD & CD ripping on a CentOS box? I’ve seen a few posts and threads about other operating systems, but nothing about CentOS / Fedora / Red Hat, and nothing recent. I’d ...
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Create DVD from MP4 using FFMPEG?

I want to convert an MP4 video into a DVD using a Linux-based process such as FFMPEG. Currently we're using Nero to burn MP4 to DVD video, but I want to automate the process as much as possible. When ...
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DVD drive seems to spin at a high speed with no disk inside - But CPU fan is the culprit, because of CPU high temperature

I am using Windows 7 (x64) and my DVD drive starts spinning slowly, then goes faster and keeps running so for tens of minutes: exactly the same behaviour as to normally use a disk, but with no disk! ...
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My system is able to read CDs but not DVDs [duplicate]

My laptop(running on windows 7) is able to read CDs but not DVDs. When I insert a DVD it tries it's best to read it i.e.. it makes lot of noise, shows a CD icon near the cursor and shows progress bar ...
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Cannot install windows on a wiped drive

About a week or two ago I was on my laptop with Windows 7 (That I installed with a cd) When it dropped. After dropping the Hard drive I could not find anything on the disk or save anything onto the ...
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7zip file splitting “DVD” setting too big for a DVD

I'm using 7Zip to split some large files so that I can copy them onto DVDs. I've done this before, using 7-zip's "Split to volumes" feature, and using the "DVD" size. This is creating files that are ...
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dvd drive stopped working in windows 8 64 bit

I have a lenovo ideapad y510p windows 8 64 bit for one year. The optical drive is a matshita dvd ram uj8db by panasonic with the latest driver installed It suddenly stopped reading cds and dvds. ...
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linux - Burn bootable dvd

I try to burn a bootable dvd for linux mint mate 17.1. I tried 3 tools: Braseo (ubuntu/mint) windows disk image burner (win7) Nero (a tool for windows) Only the image burned by Nero succeed to ...
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Use the 'fresh' / unused area of a rewritable DVD?

When re-using a rewritable DVD, I want to use the unused area of the disc. So for example, when I burn a 1 GB Linux distro onto a rewritable DVD, and then burn other distro(s) onto the same DVD, it ...
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Manage CD/DVD access on small Windows network

I have a small Server2008/Win7 network and I want to restrict CD/DVD access for all but one of my users. I set the below GPO, but is there a way I can I give one specific user access to the CD/DVD ...
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Windows 7 installation disc fails to boot properly on UEFI

Whenever I try to install Windows 7 onto my laptop, the boot process simply stops and hangs at the boot splash. No error is given, and the splash continues to animate. However, it never progresses ...
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How to ensure an external DVD drive will receive sufficient power from a USB port - before purchase [closed]

There are various external USB drives, some require external power supplies, some have optional external power supplies, some have 2 USB plugs, 1 for power and 1 for power + data. If I have a device ...
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Unable to boot from Windows Vista DVD on Dell Inspiron 1525 laptop

My Dell Inspiron 1525 laptop doesn't boot from Windows Vista Reinstallation DVD provided by Dell itself. This is an old laptop and I plan to resell it. So I boot from an Ubuntu LiveUSB and do a full ...
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Application not found if clicking empty DVD disk icon

Should Windows 8.1 display window to place files if double-clicking CD disk icon? My box does not. It shows absurd "Application not found" message. How to fix?
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Is price and brand the only way for a consumer to measure quality of blank optical media? [closed]

Spools of blank optical media (CDs, DVDs, Blu-rays) sell at a variety of prices and under an assortment of brands. Is recognizing a brand and seeing a more expensive price the only way for a consumer ...
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Creating a UEFI-Bootable Linux Live DVD using Windows-8.1

I am (temporarily, I hope) using a Windows 8.1 notebook. As soon as I can replace my doorstop desktop, I want to get back to Ubuntu Linux. And, meanwhile, I would like to run from a live Linux DVD. ...
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Proper DVD rip for serving via UPnP

I am a happy user of minidlna (version 1.0.24) on an old Mac Mini G4. It does work quite well in my environment. Since minidlna does not allow transcoding, I would like to rip a set of DVDs (mostly ...
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Windows 8.1 Professional DVD only installs Windows 8.1 Standard

I've just bought a genuine Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro 64-Bit Full Version DVD with COA and Key I'm installing the software on a blank formatted hard drive, but when it's finished its only installed ...
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Asus uefi bios is not detecting the bootable disk

i bought a new asus b85mg mobo and processor for my new build ... but i used my old hard drive, so that i dont have to backup my files or add a new os to it .. but after a sudden restart .. the ...
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Why do DVDs work even when they vibrate?

This is a hardware question: DVD writers and players all vibrate a little, presumably because the media is not perfectly balanced. All I know is that the raw information on the drive is coded in such ...
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How to boot from DVD Lenovo W540

I have a Lenovo W540 laptop currently running windows 8.1. I have burned an ISO image of a linux-based OS onto a DVD-R using the Mastered burn type (not live file system). I cannot figure out how to ...
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Samsung SH-S202J (DVD recorder) “dead” after firmware update

I'm having a problem with my DVD-rom recorder; it's the Samsung's Super Write Master (model SH-S202J), and, after trying to update its firmware, it doesn't work anymore. The update went just fine, ...
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My laptop CD-DVD disc drive(reader) not displayed in “My Computer” and does not open when try to open

I have used my DELL 3521 laptop running on Windows 8 Professional for 1 year now. But it stopped showing CD-DVD reader in My Computer (on pressing WINDOWS+E). It is not working. I don't know what ...
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'This DVD-ROM drive is read-only' but it truly is not? (Windows 8.1)

I've 2 kinds of blank DVD-RWs: Sony hereafter abbreviated as S, and Memorex hereafter abbreviated as M. Everything in this question was performed on the same computer and DVD drive. When I tried to ...
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ASUS x551ma wont boot from DVD-ROM, when chosen in BIOS

I have gone through stages of ensuring that FAST START option in WIN-8 was disbled, to restarting and going into BIOS via F2, then choosing all fast boot options were disabled, then to BOOT ORDER. ...
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Windows 7 back up DVD's

I have a laptop running on windows 7 home basic. It got infected with viruses and i'd like to re-install windows 7. When i bought this laptop 4 years ago,i did not know much about computers and I made ...
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Creating bootable CD/DVD :: need explanation about the boot information (*.bif) files

Trying to install the GPARTED tool as a bootable DVD with powerISO. The instruction points out that I should verify that the disk is bootable - it's not. I should add the boot information (*bif) file....