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My friend has told me that I can get software to cause my CDROM to read DVDs. Is that true? Or is it just a bunch of bull-plop? I wouldn't be surprised if it was, coming from him.
01-29-2003, 10:13 PM
The program you gave the link to was for viewing subtitles. I don't believe it is possible for a CD drive to read DVD disks because it is using different technology, not just different software. You can read CDs with a DVD drive of course.
Nope, it is a myth.
Like Budfred said, CD drives can't read DVDs, but it does work the other way around, and it is because of the different track size and laser color. The CD drive laser does not resolve to a small enough beam to read just one series of pits on a DVD.
Ok. That was really what I expected. But, what about VCDs?
01-30-2003, 02:45 AM
a CD-ROM supports above kinda discs only. you cant play dvds in cd drives as mentioned earlier by bud and mjc.
scroll down to the bottom of the foll link for explaination aba each kinda disks..
01-30-2003, 04:22 PM
I can't quite sort out that graphic, so I thought I would state it plainly. If you have a newer CD drive, it should be able to play VCDs without any problem. If it is a CDRW, it can probably write VCDs as well.
I'm a little confused. Can I play VCDs? Would the DVDs that you rent from Blockbuster or Rogers also be VCDs?
That's what my friend was saying. He used to rent them and play them on his cd on his computer. Maybe they were DVDs and VCDs. Does that sound right?
01-30-2003, 05:17 PM
VCD is Video CD. It is a CD with video on it. It is not a DVD and you can not play DVDs on a CD player. The technology is not compatible. Your friend is either confused or yanking your chain.
But is there a possability that the disks that he was renting were DVDs and VCDs at the same time?
01-30-2003, 10:20 PM
No. The VCD has to either reduce the quality of the video image or use multiple disks to present a full feature length film. CDs hold a max of about 700meg. A DVD holds about 5.7gig, if I remember correctly, and can hold most feature length films at a high resolution on one disk. They are totally different media. Your friend could play a VCD in his DVD player without a problem, but he could not play a DVD on a CD player no matter what software he was using. Unless the video store is renting videos with 2 different disks in the box, there is no way he had both options on a DVD. I have never heard of a video store renting a movie with both VCD and DVD versions in the same box. Most people who have DVD players will want to play DVD and would not consider playing VCD instead. If you have only the VCD version of a movie you want to watch, you can certainly play it on your DVD player, but it won't have the quality or quantity of the same movie in DVD.
BTW, there are also 2 layer and double sided DVDs, so they can actually have a capacity of around 20gig. CDs and VCDs do not even come close.
Ok. Thanks. I thought that it sounded odd when he said it because I had never heard of anyone doing that.
01-31-2003, 03:52 AM
As discribe in above all reply cd drive cannot read dvd, but i think your friend play a VCD which have fack lable of DVD. Most of the pirated vcd have labled as "DVD Version " . But they are not DVD But pirated vcd
He said that he was renting DVDs from a store and playing them on his cd.
01-31-2003, 03:27 PM
If he was renting from Blockbuster they are not fakes so he was either:
2. Jerking your chain
3. Simply lying
Take your pick. Or rent a DVD and try to play it on your CD drive using any software you would like. It may be worth the hassle just to prove to yourself that it can't be done.
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