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CD with content shows up as blank (VM XP)

Using Mac Snow Leopard. I installed XP Pro on both Parallels 5 and Fusion 3 (for Mac). For some reason, when I stick in my DVD (Visual Studio 2008 Install DVD I burned from MSDN) it shows up as a BLANK disc! I can see the contents of the data fine in my Mac Finder and I have used it before to install on regular PCs. Any idea why?
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RobertNZana
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Ravi AgrawalCommented:
XP is installed in a virtual environment that is opaque to the MAC you have.

XP though installed as a software is an altogether different machine in the eyes of the Mac you are operating.

Think of the idea as working on two different machines although you are using the same keyboard and pointing device.

Now coming to your Point, there must be some option in the VM software (Virtual machine configuration) you are running to add the CD rom to your Virtual Machine. Once you add it to the list of hardware in the VM (XP machine in your case), XP should be able to detect it and display the contents of the CD-Rom. Also if you have already added the Cd-Rom to your list of devices in the Virtual Machine configuration, be sure that "Connect at startup" is checked in the Virtual Machine hardware configuation.

Ravi.
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RobertNZanaAuthor Commented:
The CD/DVD player works fine in XP using my VM. I've installed using other DVDs as well. But for some reason this particular DVD isn't working even though I've used it to install on several PCs. Also my Mac shows the contents of the DVD but it's blank in the XP side.
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Ravi AgrawalCommented:
You mention using Parallels, but made your post to the VMware Zone. I guess you are completely familiar with the concept of VMs but the question you put up was a bit difficult to understand. So apologies here.

If you have used VMware server, there is a software called vmware tools that you install on the Guest OS to increase productivity and performance. Is there anything similar with Parallels.

Do other DVDs play well with the Guest XP? or is it only CDs & not DVDs.

If only CDs then maybe the XP needs a Driver upgrade of the CD-rom.

Next, you could try removing the Cd-Rom from the VM configuration & then re-adding it. You will need to first remove the CD-rom from the VM configuration, boot completely, shut down, again add it then let XP detect it. This should cure most of the issues, you are facing.

Ravi.
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RobertNZanaAuthor Commented:
I have both VM apps. Both have the same problem.

Other DVDs play well.  I tried re-adding the CD rom.  Didnt work.
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Ravi AgrawalCommented:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/314060

See this, though I don't think it applies to you. What's the harm in trying? Surely you got a strange problem. It could be some problem with the Geometry of the Disk. Have you heard about CD Cops software. Is the DVD protected by it. I doubt though since you burned it.

Ravi.
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Jackie ManCommented:
How large is Visual Studio 2008 Install DVD? Double layer or Single layer?
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RobertNZanaAuthor Commented:
Single layer. I believe around 3.5 gb.
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npineloCommented:
If disc can read on a different computer, I recommend do a backup on machine that can be readed and try again on original one. Maybe some phisical damage is causing that.
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RobertNZanaAuthor Commented:
not really answered
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