I can not seem to make Windows XP read a DVD-R disc

By davidstl ยท 7 replies
Mar 2, 2009
  1. Dear Techspot, I have windows xp and when I place a DVD-R disc into my cd-rom nothing happens. I thought the disc should auto-play. The disc contains picture files of old comic books. And I downloaded some software I was told would help. The software is called: CDisplay. I found it at: http://www.geocities.com/davidayton/CDisplay
    Anyway, this software did not seem to help. I'd like to get at the files on this DVD-R disc. If you know of any trouble-shooting or simple solutions, please let me know. Thank you.
  2. gbhall

    gbhall TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,431   +77

    Have you tried using Windows Explorer? If you cannot see the drive (or the data on the DVD) in Windows explorer then the disc is not readable on your kit. This is not totally unexpected.
  3. gguerra

    gguerra TS Guru Posts: 319

    Try the disc (if possible) on the computer/drive that was used to create it. It could be that it was not finalized as a multi session disk
  4. davidstl

    davidstl TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 94

    Dear gbhall, gguerra, techspot,
    Thanks for the quick response. I have clicked and opened My Computer, and then clicked on my CDrive to try and open the disc that way...however, I just get a message that says: Please insert a disc into the drive...
    but the disc IS in the drive...
    I'm guessing my PC isn't set up to play DVD-R's or that the disc wasn't formated properly. Thanks for the help. I love this site.
  5. Sharam

    Sharam TS Rookie Posts: 509

    CD-ROM drives can not read DVD media!
  6. InsaneVr6

    InsaneVr6 TS Booster Posts: 221

    How old is your computer?? It probobly does not have a DVD drive, its just a CD-ROM drive.
  7. Sharam

    Sharam TS Rookie Posts: 509

    I don't know if it is just a typo or not?!

  8. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,523

    Find out for sure

    Download DISCInfo
    Select your drive (may already be selected)
    Click on View
    Click on Capabilities Info
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