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Aziza1969

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I have an eMac and recently bought a LaCie external DVD burner. I've worked through the maze of backing up DVDs to my hard drive, but have one DVD (Duran Duran: Live From London) that the superdirve just won't read. It plays fine in my set-top DVD players, but the computer drive won't read it. It sits in the drive, and the drive tries and tries to read it, but it seems pretty stubborn. All the software (Mactheripper, DVD2one, and Toast) says there is no disc in the drive, and there is no disc image on the desk top.

Any suggestions?

Thanks!
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there is the posibility that the recording compnay installed some kind of protection on the disk to prevent it from reading on the computer. another possibility is that the disc has a different country code then what the reader supports.

look on the disc jewel case to determine the country code, ie 1, 2, or 3) and then check your dvd drive manual to make sure it can recognize the one used.
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It wouldn't be a country code issue - Region one, and it plays in the TV set DVD player just fine. My burner has seen plenty of region one discs.

So I'm thinking protection on the disc. Irritating that they would make it not play in certain DVD drives - designing a product not to work seems just stupid, although I get that it's an anti-piracy thing.

Any way around those sorts of protections? I seem to recall Sony doing something similar with CDs a few years ago - they were unreadable in PCs, and even made some crash.
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I'm not sure if there are any ways around it. and if there were that would be something we can't give out on Geeks to go.

sorry
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Well, thanks for your help.

It's frustrating that media corporations can get away with preventing someone from doing legal activities with their products.
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they do it because of the people who do illegal activities with their products. So really you can't blame them, you should blame the ones who break the law. :tazz:
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