Not all DVD's will play in my computer DVD drive - why?

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by fan, Jul 16, 2005.

  1. fan

    fan Guest

    I have two factory-made DVD's. Both play fine in my Koss stand-alone
    DVD player, but one of them locks up in my computer's DVD player.

    "Uptown Girls" plays fine in my computer DVD, but "Joe Cocker - Mad
    Dogs & Englishmen" will not. Upon inserting the Joe Cocker DVD into my
    computer, the DVD does start to play - a trademark logo, etc. When it
    gets to the main menu, Extras, Show, etc, and I click on Show to start
    the movie, it just freezes, and I have to do a Ctrl-Alt-Del.

    Why does this DVD hang up my computer? Is there a solution to fix it
    so that it will work OK?

    BTW, I'm using a 3-month-old Dell WinXP Media Center 2005, 3.4 GHz, 2
    GB RAM system, an NVIDIA GeForce 6800 video card, an Angel TV tuner
    card (has two tuners), and an SB Audigy 2ZS Audio (D8CO) sound card.
     
    fan, Jul 16, 2005
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  2. fan

    marks542004 Guest


    You may get some hint of what component is faulting if you look in the
    logs under Administration Tools.
     
    marks542004, Jul 16, 2005
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  3. fan

    fan Guest

    Thanks for your suggestion, but under Administration Tools, logs do
    not appear. There are:

    Component Services
    Computer Management
    Data Sources
    Event Viewer
    Local Security Policy
    Microsoft .NET Framerwork 1.1
    Performance
    Services

    How should I proceed from here?
     
    fan, Jul 16, 2005
    #3
  4. Event viewer is the one you need.

    -martin-
     
    Martin Heffels, Jul 17, 2005
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  5. fan

    fan Guest

    Thanks. It says:

    The device, \Device\CdRom1, has a bad block.

    Details
    Product: Windows Operating System
    ID: 7
    Source: Cdrom
    Version: 5.2
    Symbolic Name: IO_ERR_BAD_BLOCK
    Message: The device, %1, has a bad block.

    Explanation
    The device has a bad block of memory, which Windows attempted to read.
    The data might be missing or corrupted.


    User Action
    Do one or all of the following:

    Retry the operation.
    Clean the physical hard drive.
    Use newer media.



    Version: 5.0
    Component: System Event Log
    Symbolic Name: IO_ERR_BAD_BLOCK
    Message: The device, %1, has a bad block.

    Explanation
    The device has a bad block of memory, which Windows attempted to read.
    The data might be missing or corrupted.


    User Action
    Do one or all of the following:

    Retry the operation.
    Clean the physical hard drive.
    Use newer media.


    More clues about my problem:

    After downloading the free trial version of 1Click DVD Copy, it has
    encountered a problem during copying my very first DVD ever. At 76%
    done, it said that it was skipping bad sectors. It began in the
    1946xxx area; when it got up to 2027xxx, I canceled the copying, which
    had been going on for about 2 hours.

    Recently I purchased a new DVD of "Joe Cocker - Mad Dogs &
    Englishmen", but there seems to be a problem with it. When inserted
    into my computer, it does indeed auto-start, and takes me to a page
    with several selections: Extras, Play, etc. When I click Play, it
    freezes, requiring a Ctrl-Alt-Del. However, this DVD seems to play
    fine in a dedicated Koss DVD player. This is the DVD that 1Click DVD
    Copy encounters bad sectors.

    Can someone explain what may be going on? Am a total newbee to all
    this; this is my very first DVD I've ever bought. BTW, I'm using a
    3-month-old Dell WinXP Media Center, 3.4 GHz, 2 GB RAM system, with an
    NVIDIA GeForce 6800 video card, an Angel TV tuner card, and an SB
    Audigy 2ZS Audio (D8CO) sound card. 1Click DVD Copy shows this info
    about my DVD-R: 1:1:0 - PHILIPS DVD+-RW DVD8631 CD21 [F] (Ide)

    Do I have a hardware problem with my computer's DVD drive, or is the
    problem with the DVD disk itself? (not sure what has the "bad block")
     
    fan, Jul 17, 2005
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  6. Data on disks (hard, floppy, CD, DVD) is organized into fixed size
    blocks, and each block has some redundancy coding to allow the
    detection of errors, and the more sophisticated disks - DVDs and CDs -
    have enough data to even allow error corrections (up to a point).

    The bad block is on the physical disk, and apparently the software on
    the PC can't correct the problem, whereas the Koss either can correct
    it, or decides to ignore it.

    HTH,
    Gino
     
    Gene E. Bloch, Jul 22, 2005
    #6
  7. fan

    Alex Bird Guest

    Your DVD-rom is faulty ?
    Try your discs in an alternative computer system.
     
    Alex Bird, Jul 23, 2005
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