Fix Philips DVD Player Not Reading Video In Flash Drive Problem

Modern DVD Players (Eg. Philips DVD Player) come with USB 2.0 Port for playing movies directly from flash drive or external hard drive. But some times you may have trouble in which the DVD Player doesn’t recognize the data in the Pen drive and shows message as “Empty Card” even though there are compatible videos (AVI, WMV, DIVX,VOB)  in it. 90% of such problems are due to wrong file system of the Flash drive or external hard drive.



By default, most of flash drives come formatted with “FAT” type. But you may have formatted it to NTFS or FAT32 file system for some purposes like installing Windows 7 though USB etc which needs NTFS file system.

Here is how you can solve the problem of flash drive with your DVD Player.

1. Plug-in your Flash drive into your computer USB port. Backup data in flash drive if needed.

2. Click Start –> Computer

3. Right-click on the flash device and select “Format”.


4. In the Format dialog box, do the following.

a) Click drop down list in “File system” section and select “FAT32”.

b) In the “Allocation unit size” section, choose “ Default allocation size” option.

c) Clear check box “Quick Format” and then click “Start” button for formatting to begin.


5. Windows warns you of erasing all data. Click OK.


6. After formatting is complete, copy the movie data into the flash drive and check for playback in your DVD Player.

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20 Responses

  1. Rohan says:

    I don’t have any problem playing videos from flash drive when connected to my dvd player usb port. The only problem I see is when I’m watching a movie from my flash drive the video will start perfectly. when done watching 3/4 of the video suddenly the video will stop playing.This happens all the time first i thought it’s problem with the video file then i tired couple of avi files… all videos start well in the beginning after 3/4 of the video is done watching then suddenly video stops and comes back to usb files page on the screen. Can some one help me with this issue??

  2. dkszone says:


    Are you trying to play AVI files from flash drive? That’s a bug in Philips DVD players. Philips can’t play lengthy AVI files. You need to split the AVI files into 2 or more parts and then use it. For splitting the AVI refer our article:

    • matt f says:

      i have the same problem with the movie stopping about 3/4 of the way through…but i don’t believe it is a bug with the player. my phillips dvd player had no problem playing long avi files when using the original flash drive i had…then i lost the original flash drive i had and got a new 4gb flash drive….now it won’t work on the new flash drive….why would the files play fine with one flash drive, and not with another.

  3. Rohan says:

    thanks for your quick response!!! what if I convert the file to other formats??? will it play full movie???

    • dkszone says:

      You are welcome.
      Yes. Video plays smoothly when converted to other formats. Divx format worked flawlessly for me.

  4. DJ Shaun says:

    I had a problem with the movie file’s skipping when I played em from my 16GB USB Stick. Finally after a lot of experimentig I found out that converting the file to MPEG1 format made the movie files run smooth!!!

  5. Fabio.jos says:

    My home theater Philips (hts3520/55) was not able to see “.avi” ou “.wmv” files in my pendrive, only .mpeg or .mpg. Just for curiosity I changed the file extension from .avi to .mpeg (just renamed, not converted) e it works fine!

  6. sani says:

    1? , my dvd plays whatever i have on my USB FLASH drive perfectly, but when i connect the external hard it doesn’t recognize it. i have 2 different external hards, 1= verbatim 2=western digital, they both have the same problem. they work on another DVD player (different brand) fine.
    can it be because of power? do i need an adapter? please help i have nice movies on this which i really would like to see.

    thank you

  7. parisa says:

    i cant watch movie from my device through the ps3 or Philips DVD player, please tell me which format or file should i use to play them?
    tnx a lot

  8. Debaditya says:

    hey,,Fabio.jos…i also have a phiplips hts 3520,, but it cant detect avi files,, when i renamed to mpg,,it could detect the file but cannot play the video ,,, only the audio can be heard..

    plzz help..

  9. alex says:

    solution: as mentioned earlier, just convert the file to divx format – works for me

  10. Judy says:

    MY USB drive works sometimes in my Phillips USB port but as mentioned it starts and stops. It also sometimes says file not supported even though it is in AVI format. I understand that the Phillips has problems with long files and they should be split. What program do you suggest for converting from AVI to Divx, I have Xillisoft will that work it is a few years old?

  11. Judy says:

    Hi Alex
    What program works best for converting video from Avi to Divx. Appreciate any help you can offer.
    Have a great New Years!
    Thanks again

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  13. edgar says:

    i plug usb in video and show me no files.
    Help me…

  14. HarrisW says:

    Thanks a lot had similar issue with my USB Stick and philips dvd player . your explanation just went through a,b,c….solving the problem. Thanks again.

  15. Dirk says:


    I’m trying to figure out why the DVD player is recognizing one .avi file and not another on the same flash drive. I’ve already gone through formating the usb to FAT32 . Please advise.

  16. marcus says:

    can someone help me please? some files on my external hard drive wont show up when i have it plugged into my dvd player, but the files show when i have it hooked up to the computer. what do i do?

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