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NLM
08-11-2008, 07:14 PM
I down load my camera shots to my new laptop using vista. I burn these digital images, Jpegs to a DVD using vista. No hassle or problems. I can view these on any pc with vista as the OS. However if I try to view them on my older laptop running XP, they show as an empty file. I cannot view them on any PC using XP as the OS.
If I burn using my old laptop running XP, I can view these images on vista. But like I said, not the other way round. I use the burning hardware that came with vista and nero 6 on the XP laptop. I note reading other forums that this is a known problem but as yet there doesn't appear to be a fix??
Any suggestions?

Speedy Gonzales
08-11-2008, 07:21 PM
Did you finalise them, after you copied whatever to them??

What youre seeing usually happens if the cd/dvd hasnt been finalised

NLM
08-11-2008, 07:26 PM
Thank you speedy. Yes the DVDs' were finalised.

wainuitech
08-11-2008, 07:33 PM
Going from memory the inbuilt Windows burning software in Vista can usually give problems with backward compatibility to XP.

Try using a third party CD/DVD writing program in Vista and I think you'll find it works OK.

Plenty of Free ones about, search through the forums as its been mention many times.

One I use ( but the newer versions - has more features) is Ashampoo CD / DVD writing software (http://www.freewarefiles.com/Ashampoo-Burning-Studio-FREE_program_41028.html). OR have a look through This list (http://www.freewarefiles.com/cat_6_205_CD-DVD-Burner-Apps.html) - plenty to select from.

NLM
08-11-2008, 07:44 PM
Thank you Wainuitech. Unfortunately I think you are right. It seems like the vista burning software is R/S. A number of people have made this comment. I guess the only way is something Like Nero. I do believe there is a Nero out now that is compatible with vista. I'm new to this game so I will search through previous forums as you suggest.

Speedy Gonzales
08-11-2008, 07:49 PM
Yup 7.5 something of Nero is compatible with Vista

This may do it, its free (www.cdburnerxp.se)

feersumendjinn
09-11-2008, 10:09 AM
This is why it doesn't work, defaults to Live File System, you just need to select Mastered System when Vista asks the question (this quote is from Vista Help with the heading in bold below (the tables dont copy well :), and sorry about the long post :eek:)).


Which CD or DVD format should I use?
In this article Pick the appropriate disc and format for your needs
Understanding the difference between the Live File System and Mastered disc formats
Why are there different versions of the Live File System format?
What are the differences between the various kinds of CD and DVD discs?

Which format you should use is determined by the computer you're going to use to read the information after it's saved.

Pick the appropriate disc and format for your needs
Find the example in the table below that best describes your situation. Then insert the recommended kind of disc and choose the appropriate format when you prepare your disc for burning.

The following table describes the different CD or DVD burning situations you might encounter and provides advice about which format to use.

To
Use this

Burn any kind of file and use the disc in a Windows XP or later computer
Disc: Any kind of disc that works with your disc burner. If you have a CD-RW drive, you can use CD-R or CD-RW media. If you have a DVD burner, you should check the manual to see what kind of discs it supports.

Format:* Live File System
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Leave a disc in your computerís burner and copy files to it at your convenience, such as for routine backup
Disc: Any kind of disc that works with your disc burner. If you have a CD-RW drive, you can use CD-R or CD-RW media. If you have a DVD burner, you should check the manual to see what kind of discs it supports.

Format: Live File System
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Be able to add and erase files over and over, as if the disc were a floppy disk or USB flash drive
Disc: CD-R, CD+R, CD-RW, DVD-R, DVD+R, DVD-RW, DVD+RW, or DVD-RAM.

Format: Live File System
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Burn any kind of file and use the disc in any computer, including versions of Windows earlier than Windows XP
Disc: Any kind of disc that works with your disc burner. If you have a CD-RW drive, you can use CD-R or CD-RW media. If you have a DVD burner, you should check the manual to see what kind of discs it supports.

Format: Mastered
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Burn music or pictures and use the disc in any computer, including versions of Windows earlier than Windows XP, or ordinary CD or DVD players that can play MP3s and digital pictures
Disc: CD-R, DVD-R, or DVD+R.

Format: Mastered
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Understanding the difference between the Live File System and Mastered disc formats
If you have burned CDs using Windows XP, you are already familiar with the Mastered format. The latest version of Windows offers a new format, called Live File System. Discs that use the Live File System format are often more convenient because you can copy selected files immediately and as often as you want, as if the disc were a floppy disc or USB flash drive. On the other hand, Live File System discs canít be used in all computers and devices. Use this guide to understand the difference between Live File System and Mastered discs:

Discs formatted with the Live File System option:
Work like a USB flash drive or floppy disk, meaning you can copy files to disc immediately without having to burn them.

Are convenient if you want to keep a disc in the burn drive and copy files whenever the need arises.

Are only compatible with Windows XP and later versions of Windows.

Discs formatted with the Mastered option:
Donít copy files immediately, meaning you need to select the entire collection of files that you want to copy to the disc, and then burn them all at once.

Are convenient if you want to burn a large collection of files, such as a music CD.

Are compatible with older computers and devices such as CD players and DVD players.

Why are there different versions of the Live File System format?
Each version of the Live File System format is compatible with different operating systems. Depending on which computers you plan to use a disc in, you might need to select a different version of Live File System. If you plan to use your disc on the latest version of Windows, however, you will never need to change the version of Live File System you use. If you need to make discs that are compatible with earlier versions of Windows, use the table below to select the right Live File System version for your needs:

The following table describes Live File System versions and their appropriate uses.

Live File System version
Best for

1.02
This format can be read on Windows 98 as well as many Apple computers. You should use this version if you need to format DVD-RAM or MO (Magneto-optical) discs.

1.5
This format is compatible with Windows 2000, Windows XP, and Windows Server 2003. It might not be compatible with Windows 98 or Apple computers.

2.01
This format is compatible with Windows XP and Windows Server . It might not compatible with Windows 98, Windows 2000, or Apple computers.

2.5
This format is designed for the latest version of Windows and might not be compatible with earlier versions of Windows.


Note
For another computer to be able to read a DVD disc, that computer must have a DVD drive. CDs can be used in both CD and DVD drives.