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Topic # 85816 25-Jun-2011 18:17
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I have a Philips DVP3100 DVD player that states 'Will play any disc' but when I try to put in a DVD I made myself it just says 'unknown disc' on the screen.

The formats supported are CD, (S)VCD, DVD, DVD+R/RW, DVD-R/RW. Along with MP3, WMA and JPEG.

Does anyone know how to burn my DVD into a format supported by my player? I'm not that clever with computers so easy-to-follow instructions would be great!

Thanks in advance!    

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  Reply # 485838 25-Jun-2011 18:22
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Have you made a video disc or a data disc?

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  Reply # 485839 25-Jun-2011 18:22
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If you just burned the file onto a disk it won't work. So if you just selected the .avi, .mp4, .wmv etc file it won't play.

Use a free program called DVD Flick to burn it onto dvd.

Note on slower computers or with longer video files this can take 4-5 hours.


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  Reply # 485846 25-Jun-2011 18:34
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As jbard says - you cant just burn a file to disk.
It needs to be in a proper dvd format.
DVD Flick is good - use that - I have a few times - should do the trick for you.

Also - found this:

I dont know i f yours is set to region free - but the link above claims to do the trick - Just in case you ever want to play 'foreign' DVDs.

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  Reply # 485855 25-Jun-2011 18:57
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"Plays MP3, WMA and JPEG digital camera photos..."

With most Divx dvd players they should be able to read data discs, my old philips did and so does my panasonic.

Although it can get picky with codec's.  So not sure why it's not reading your disc, unless something went wrong when you tried to create a disc.

Were you creating a DVD or a data disc, can you view the disc on a PC?

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  Reply # 485860 25-Jun-2011 19:05
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I think it's a data disc.

Background: A friend of mine made a promo DVD for me for local activities. He gave me a CD with the video on it and it plays in Windows Media Player with no problem. It wouldn't play on a DVD player though so I copied the file to my laptop and burned it to DVD and it still doesn't work.

Perhaps it's still in data format. I'll try some DVD software. If anyone has any further advice though I'd be grateful.  

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  Reply # 485862 25-Jun-2011 19:11
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Make sure you are closing the session on the disc and not leaving it open. That can cause issues.

What are you using to create the disc?

If you have windows 7 using ms movie maker would be the easy option, if not the app that was mentioned earlier in this thread should work.


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  Reply # 485866 25-Jun-2011 19:17
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Here's another way of looking at it -

What program did you use to burn the disc?

You may need to select 'close session' or 'session at once'. You can usually put the disc in again and close the session if you need to do that.

Lastly, what is the file extension of the file?

Most players will pop up a file browse menu - the fact your player is not doing this indicates it cannot even read the disc. The first problem - most likely the disc is written with a file system the player does not support, or the file system has not been 'closed' for further writing.

I would not expect region settings to make any difference here.

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  Reply # 487334 29-Jun-2011 11:01
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All sorted, I burned the disc in movie maker. thanks everyone!! Laughing

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