I am a knucklehead...just want my DVD player to work on my old laptop

By DVDWonwork
Jan 9, 2005
  1. I have an old Dell laptop with a DVD player on it. I contracted a virus and had to wipe the hard drive. I have unsuccessfully installed four DVD players, but continue to get the same error message..."file is not formatted", and "do you want to format file?" Of course, when I click yes to formate file I get the message "cannot format file". Please help. Many thanks
  2. El Presidente

    El Presidente TS Rookie Posts: 40

    A little clarification please

    Is the "File not formatted" come up when you try to run a DVD or when you try to open a MPEG-2 file on your hard disk?
  3. DVDWonwork

    DVDWonwork TS Rookie Topic Starter

    When I try to play a DVD
  4. El Presidente

    El Presidente TS Rookie Posts: 40

    Hope this helps

    I'm assuming that you are trying to watch production movies (i.e. Rush Hour) and not home movies. Your DVD-region number may have been reset when you reinstalled Windows. It needs to be Region 1 (if you live in the US. If not, look at your DVD, it should say what region it's encoded for.) To change this (Assuming you are running Windows XP. These steps might work for Windows ME, not sure though):

    Double Click on My Computer.
    Right Click on your DVD drive.
    Select Properties.
    Select the Hardware tab.
    Double click on your DVD drive.
    Select the DVD Region tab.
    Scroll down until you find United States (or your country)
    Double click it and hit Ok.
    You may have to restart the computer for the changes to take effect.

    If this doesn't work, try updating your firmware for your DVD drive. Good luck! :grinthumb
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