DVD-RW won't play on Macbook

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by justcam, Dec 27, 2008.

  1. justcam macrumors newbie

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    I am trying to play a home video DVD that was cut to DVD by a standalone DVD recorder from a video camera. When I put the DVD-Rw disk into my machine it says the disk is blank. Details from ATA are:

    MATSHITADVD-R UJ-857E

    Can I download some software to read this format?

    Other DVD formats DVD+R read fine...
     
  2. SHADO macrumors 6502a

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    What kind of Macbook do you have? If it's an early macbook that doesn't have a superdrive, it may not be able to read the DVD-RW format.
     
  3. ChazDaSpaz macrumors regular

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    I don't know what's wrong and I don't know if you can fix it, but the post above has got it slightly wrong. Drives that aren't the superdrive can't WRITE to DVD-RW but they can still read from it without problems. Try downloading a program called VLC - google it. It is essential because it plays so many file types.
     
  4. mcavjame macrumors 65816

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    Was the disk finalized from the DVD recorder? If not, I would guess that is the problem.
     

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