The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

30 August 2006

Little wheel spin and spin

To no avail, apparently.

I have a mild mystery on my hands. I bought a DVD of Indian origin — it is identified under "Regions" as "All NTSC" — from a dealer in Bangladesh. I popped it into my DVD drive, and it whirred and sizzled and made other untoward noises, but at no time did the computer actually read it.

Peeved, I pulled the disc out of the drawer and shoved it into the DVD burner (same brand, next bay up). Worked fine. It also plays correctly on the Panasonic DVD player connected to my TV set.

None of this presents any particular problem, unless I decide I want to copy the disc in a single pass. Since I'm not planning to copy the disc at all, this isn't an issue, but I'm perplexed just the same. There's nothing apparently wrong with that drive, since it's able to play other discs without difficulty.

Posted at 7:37 AM to PEBKAC


it's able to play other discs without difficulty.

I'd double-check with another "All NTSC" disc. What's the vintage on the drive vs. the "All NTSC" designation, which strikes me as not an original option.

Posted by: McGehee at 7:44 AM on 30 August 2006

It's not a standard designation: I took it to mean "not region-coded, NTSC system." And this drive has played all my NTSC discs which are not region-coded, including DVD-Rs as appropriate.

Posted by: CGHill at 7:54 AM on 30 August 2006

Hmm. Maybe the coding on the disc is likewise non-standard, but only the one drive was confused by it.

Posted by: McGehee at 9:04 PM on 30 August 2006

I don't see this as becoming a serious issue unless I become a major Bollywood fanatic — which isn't entirely out of the question.

Posted by: CGHill at 9:22 PM on 30 August 2006