Can't copy files in *.dat form VCD

Parameshwara Bhat pbhat at
Sat Jun 5 02:03:36 UTC 2004

On Fri, 04 Jun 2004 11:35:42 +0800, Kent Emia <kent-cdr at> 

> hi there i have a similar problem with you but i think im the worst of
> the worst ...
> On Mon, 2004-05-31 at 14:50, Parameshwara Bhat wrote:
>> Hello List,
>> I have played files with extensions *.dat with both 'xine' and
>> 'mplayer'.The vcd of the film "Unfaithful" has three files in the 'MPEG'
>> folder,Music01.dat,Music02.dat,Music03.dat.I played this file from the 
>> cd
>> in Windows Media player as well as SiS mmplayer.Now I copied those files
>> to a separate directory and later opened them using both Mplayer and 
>> Xine.
> i can't play .dat file both in xine ... im using the gui in the mplayer
> its fine ... don't know whats wrong with my xine ....

You can play *.dat files - not off VCD - but if you copy them in Windows 
to a medium ( e.g.,hard-disk )
and then open in Xine or Mplayer. I am told there is a tool for that in 
Linux too. Not tried yet.

Your version of Xine may be broken. It seems to keep breaking always.

>> Xine even has a file filter for *.dat type of files.Mplayer like its
>> namesake Mediaplayer doesn't automatically filter the files but once
>> selected using filter "all files",it plays it anyway.But both these
>> programs fail to run the same files from the CD when tried with Play
>> File.(They can very well play the VCD containing these files)whereas if
>> these files are copied to harddisk they can play it.
>> Curiously within Linux,these files cannot be copied off CD.But,once in
>> Windows,you can copy them and store them.Both Xine and Mplayer play them
>> now once they are stored like this. And that's how VCDs are kept on the
>> harddisk by all my friends here.
> i tried extracting/copying the .dat file from a windows pc ... i can ...
>> This is curious.Could anybody shed more light?
>> Parameshwara Bhat

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