My TV’s DVD player can’t display my CD’s photos!
Q: I am trying to copy digital photos from my computer to a compact disc to play on my TV’s Panasonic DVD player.
But even when I tell Windows 7 to create a CD using the “With a cd/dvd player” option, my DVD player can’t display the photos. The DVD player just says, “Cannot open files.”
My computer can still display the photos, though. What’s wrong?
A: Actually, you’re doing everything correctly on your end.
The problem comes from crankiness found with many DVD players, including yours. DVD players connected to TV sets aren’t as smart as the DVD players inside computers.
Most TV-bound DVD players can’t handle more than 500 images on a CD, a limitation unknown to most consumers. When you copy 500 or more images to a CD, your DVD player will probably choke on it.
Your computer will still be able to read the CD just fine. But when the DVD player sees more than 500 files sitting on the CD, it chokes, sending you the non-helpful message of “Cannot open files.”
There’s a solution, though:
Your DVD player can handle more than 500 files on a CD, but only if those files live inside a folder.
So, copy all the digital photos you want to a temporary folder on your Desktop.
Then copy that photo-stuffed folder to your CD. When your DVD player opens the CD, it only sees one folder, so it doesn’t panic. Select that folder with your DVD’s remote, and you’ll see your oodles of digital photos inside, waiting to be displayed.
Slipping your photos into folders before burning them to a CD comes in handy other ways, as well, as it lets you organize your photos by theme, date, trip, event, or any other method.