Help with my VLC Player

By learninmypc
Apr 18, 2012
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  1. I use VLC to play my DVD's from my local library & would like to know if there is a way to make it so I can simply insert the DVD & it starts playing? TIA for your great help.:)
  2. Marnomancer

    Marnomancer TechSpot Booster Posts: 808   +51

    Set the autoplay through the Windows Control Panel.
  3. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,004   +710

    To be quite honest, "autoplay" can be a nuisance.. Some DVDs want to start installing software, or running DVD-ROM features when they sense they're in a PC environment. IMO, better to suffer through the onerous and difficult chore of double clicking the VLC icon. If you're on a Vista, ("Home Premium" or above), or a Win 7 machine, the Windows Media Player has full DVD playback capability.

    Actually, you really shouldn't have to go to the control panel. Don't you get the "What do you want Windows to do with this disc" message box", when a disc is inserted?
  4. Marnomancer

    Marnomancer TechSpot Booster Posts: 808   +51

    I agree with CC.
    I told CP to be safe in case the dude has it disabled already.
    If you get the popup, select 'play with VLC' and tick the 'remember this action' checkbox, then click Ok.
  5. learninmypc

    learninmypc TechSpot Guru Topic Starter Posts: 4,566   +184

  6. Marnomancer

    Marnomancer TechSpot Booster Posts: 808   +51

    Sadly, I've somewhat forgotten XP's interface. I'll check my old computer and let you know.
  7. Rabbit01

    Rabbit01 TechSpot Booster Posts: 862   +33

  8. learninmypc

    learninmypc TechSpot Guru Topic Starter Posts: 4,566   +184

    I should mention I have played a few DVD's prior to posting this with no problem just no auto play.
    I don't feel comfortable going into the Registry.
    I'll check out the Control Panel.
  9. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 13,028   +221

    Autorun is very dangerous and allows immediate infection without your ability to scan for virus's / trojans.
    Personally, I've disable all such and make sure to scan any Setup.exe, *.ini, *.bat, *.msi in the root of the media.
    I can always launch the sucker manually.

    Attached is the file disabled_autorun.reg.txt; To use it, save to disk, rename and delete the trailing .txt
    leaving disabled_autorun.reg - - Double click and it will disable Autorun.

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  10. learninmypc

    learninmypc TechSpot Guru Topic Starter Posts: 4,566   +184

    Thanks,I'm aware of what you've said about auto run so I'm giving up on that idea.
    I've reversed what I previously did here http://www.ehow.com/how_5970026_set-windows-xp-home-edition.html
    Since I'm using XP Pro MCE, can someone give me directions on how to play a DVD in VLC because I honestly don't know I did it. Thanks.
  11. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 13,028   +221

    Well, I just mount the DVD, Launch VLC and then use Media->Open CD :)
  12. learninmypc

    learninmypc TechSpot Guru Topic Starter Posts: 4,566   +184

    Attached is my Media Options. I don't see Open CD, but I do see Open disc. Are they one in the same?

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  13. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 13,028   +221

     
  14. learninmypc

    learninmypc TechSpot Guru Topic Starter Posts: 4,566   +184

    DANG it. If it worked before,it don't now.:(
  15. Rabbit01

    Rabbit01 TechSpot Booster Posts: 862   +33

    So, what happens when you select Open Disc? Does VLC see your DVD drive? Mine looks like this when I select Open Disc.

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  16. learninmypc

    learninmypc TechSpot Guru Topic Starter Posts: 4,566   +184

    Yes,I get the same thing. I click on Browse & go to the DVD drive & click on my DVD, play & the attached shows what
    I see as I sit waiting for it to start. It don't,thou.:(

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  17. learninmypc

    learninmypc TechSpot Guru Topic Starter Posts: 4,566   +184

    I've temporarily UNinstalled my VLC player. I intend to re install it tomorrow.
    If anybody has "proper" install directions,let me know. I won't install until I see them.:)
  18. Rabbit01

    Rabbit01 TechSpot Booster Posts: 862   +33

    After you click on Open Disc, your DVD drive isn't listed in Disc device? So you then click Browse? Looks like your disc drive is E. You can just type "E:\" (w/o quotes) in the box next to Disc device, then click the Play button.

    As for installing, I haven't done a install in a long time. I usually just download either the zip or 7zip file and extract the files to a folder.
  19. learninmypc

    learninmypc TechSpot Guru Topic Starter Posts: 4,566   +184

  20. learninmypc

    learninmypc TechSpot Guru Topic Starter Posts: 4,566   +184

    I've tried a few times a few different ways to watch the DVD's but no luck, including this one "you can just type "E:\" (w/o quotes) in the box next to Disc device, then click the Play button.", posted above.:eek:
  21. Rabbit01

    Rabbit01 TechSpot Booster Posts: 862   +33

    In VLC, what if you press Ctrl-L for the play list, then on the left, click on Devices, then Discs. Then on the right, click on the "+" to expand Local Drives. And double-click on your DVD drive.

    If that still doesn't work, just to rule out possible hardware issue, if you using a different player to play movies, say the Windows Media Player, does it work?

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  22. learninmypc

    learninmypc TechSpot Guru Topic Starter Posts: 4,566   +184

    Rabbit01, I did try that last night but got the attached message.

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  23. Rabbit01

    Rabbit01 TechSpot Booster Posts: 862   +33

    WTF? A lot of the Google results that I've read indicates your WMP problem is due to missing codec. That might be the case for XP, but MCE should be able to play DVD. Not sure why it's doing that.

    Have you tried MPC-HC? It comes in two flavors, with installer & w/o. Like VLC, I just d/l the zip file and extract them to a folder. Run mpc-hc.exe. Then press Ctrl-D, then click on your DVD drive to play the movie.
  24. learninmypc

    learninmypc TechSpot Guru Topic Starter Posts: 4,566   +184

    Ok, I clicked the Web Help button on that & got this http://www.microsoft.com/windows/wi...&id=C00D116A&contextid=83&originalid=C00D116A

    The first part of that says this;
    You've encountered error message C00D116A while using Windows Media Player. The following information might help you troubleshoot the issue.
    Cannot play DVD video

    Windows Media Player cannot play the video portion of the DVD. This can occur for a variety of reasons; however, it typically occurs for one of the following reasons:
    • Your video card driver is out-of-date.
    • Your computer is missing a compatible DVD decoder.
    • Your computer hardware is not powerful enough to play DVDs.
    Try one or more of the following:
    • Play a different DVD to determine if the problem is isolated to this disc. If the problem only occurs with one DVD, the disc might be damaged or defective.
  25. learninmypc

    learninmypc TechSpot Guru Topic Starter Posts: 4,566   +184

    OK, hold on, NOTHING wrong with my VLC, its the DVD:oops:. I put in a different DVD & it played fine.
    I've got a neighbor that uses Vista Home Premium with a screen MUCH LARGER than mine so I'm going to see if he's seen the movie & hopefully I'll be watching Alien 2 & 3 on his pc.:D


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