Memorex Dual Format DVD Recorder won't play video

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by sofasurfer, Dec 30, 2005.

  1. sofasurfer

    sofasurfer Guest

    Just bought a Memorex Dual Format DVD Recorder. It plays music CD's and
    runs the software cd that came with it. But when I put a dvd-r or a
    dvd-rw in I get an "Drive Not Ready" message. Then my system freezes up
    and I get a "Explorer Not Responding" message or something like that.
    The disks I'm using were recored on a -R format machine and as far as I
    know this Memorex should play -R or +R.
    This things going back tomorrow if nobody can help me. I'd like to at
    least see what its like to have a DVD player but I ready to give up
    already. Hope someone can help.
    sofasurfer, Dec 30, 2005
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  2. Have you installed a software DVD player on your system? A DVD is not going
    to automatically playback just because you have installed the DVD driver
    proper. Sometimes your VGA card may ship with a software DVD player. Many
    production DVD's have a software interface one may install from those
    disces. The Memorex drive should have included some form of software player
    in the box - like Nero Showtime. I assume that is the player from reading
    the specs at the Memorex website.

    If the discs in question were recorded on a standalone DVD recorder, those
    discs should be finalized before they are playable on other DVD drives and
    players. Before you draw any assumptions this drive is not working try
    playing a production run DVD.

    Another point. When you installed this drive did you make sure the jumpers
    were correct for the placement of the drive on the IDE channel? Most CD and
    DVD drives ship with the jumper as Master. If this is on a chain with
    another master this could be a problem, or you may need to enable or disable
    DMA on that part of the IDE channel. Depending on your OS you may need to
    update the ASPI layer.

    Or, that particular drive may just be bad. Have it installed by a
    professional. If you bought it at Best Buy have them install it for you.
    Larry Johnson, Dec 30, 2005
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  3. sofasurfer

    sofasurfer Guest

    I no longer have the problem with Explorer not responding. I think I
    still had another CD recorder software causing a conflict.
    Now my only problem is a "Drive Not Ready" message.
    I did try a production video. When I hit "Play" a black screen came up,
    I asume it was the view screen, and after about 1/2 second it
    disappears. Thats all it does. And yes, I installed the sftware.
    sofasurfer, Dec 30, 2005
  4. You may want to try updating your VGA driver. Also, you may want to install
    the latest DirectX version, if you have not done so. Check the settings on
    that IDE channel. Right click on My Computer and select Properties. Select
    the Hardware tab then the Device Manager button. Hit the + next to IDE and
    right click on the IDE channel where the drive exists and select Properties.
    Now select the Advanced Settings tab. In the dialog for the drive location
    set the option to PIO. If this does not work set DMA if available.

    You may want to select the action taken for the types of discs inserted in
    the drive. Go to My Computer and right click on the DVD drive then select
    Properties. Pick the Autoplay tab and see if any of the old programs are
    linked to types of discs inserted. I usually choose the option of 'take no
    action' for each entry so I can have free run to choose whatever I wish
    whenever I wish.

    Though these things I have mentioned may not be the answer they are a good
    way to tech out all the options in order to find the root of the problem.
    Keep me posted and maybe we can straighten this one out for you.
    Larry Johnson, Dec 30, 2005
  5. If you uninstalled the old software for a previous CD writer after
    installing the Nero software you may want to re-install the Nero just to be
    on the safe side. Then open it and select the Memorex drive as the recorder.

    Hey, I'm just leaving no stone unturned here.
    Larry Johnson, Dec 30, 2005
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