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Playing DVDs

By smileyriley2
Mar 3, 2007
  1. Evening All

    I am having problems playing DVD's on my PC. I was wondering if you could help me get to the root cause.

    My software is Windows XP and I have
    Windows Media 10, Media Monkey, PowerDVD, Nero, Winferno PC Theatre,
    Cyberlink DVD,

    All seem to have problems. to be honest im not 'well up' on what I need to be able to play DVD's on a PC. I do know thta I need a DVD drive (of which I have an Emprex CD/DVD combo drive)

    smileyriley2
     
  2. SultanGris

    SultanGris TS Booster Posts: 158

    what kind of problems?
     
  3. smileyriley2

    smileyriley2 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    software just 'locks up'. I have managed to play some copied DVD's but once I try and FF'wd them they too lock up.

    also - some disks just spin until the green light on the front of the PC goes out and nothing happens

    I believe I need a Decoder - I looked in my Windows XP Video Decoder Checkup utility and I have 6 in there. 4 have a red X against and 2 have ticks. The 2 with ticks are Cyberlink MPEG and Video decoders.

    Can you please give me some knowledge on what decoders I should choose to download as I have previously paid for one via the internet and I dont want pay again.

    Please advise
     
  4. zipperman

    zipperman TS Rookie Posts: 1,179   +7

    Is this a dvd player,not a burner ?
    A dvd-rom player is a seperate drive for playing and reading dvd's.
    Put in the dvd,open my computer,right click propertys,
    Set your options with the Autoplay tab.

    Combos are burners.
    http://www.emprex.com/02_products_01.php?group=57&sgroup=65&kind={PG_DOWNLOAD}
     
  5. smileyriley2

    smileyriley2 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    When I look in device manager I see DVDRW IDE1108. Is this just a burner (ie unable to view DVD's just burn them?)

    I just downloaded Everest and looked up the device - it said it is a DVD+RW/DVD-RW device - this should play DVD's shouldn't it??

    I also attach review of drive - http://www.cdrlabs.com/reviews/index.php?reviewid=232&page=Features

    Key note - The drive doesnt seem to like DVD's we have purchased but it will play copy DVD's of films and it played a freebie DVD we got with the Daily Mail????


    Please tell me if this can actually PLAY DVD movies on my PC

    Many thanks
     
  6. SultanGris

    SultanGris TS Booster Posts: 158

    Burners also are players, so it doesnt matter, there are lots of codek packs on the internet, and some of them are crap, and can contain spyware or malware, also, if you have any dvd copying programs installed, such as dvd43, or something else to remove copy protection from dvd, it can cause problems with trying to play them. i would recomend uninstalling all such programs and then try it.
     
  7. ethos1983

    ethos1983 TS Rookie

    If your video card is an AGP card, have you installed your mb's AGP drivers.

    if not, uninstall your video card's drivers, reboot, install the mb's agp drivers, reboot install the latest video card's drivers, reboot, then try and play the dvd again.

    be sure and check the cmos settings to see if the right speed and size of your vid card are correct also....


    i had an nvidia card do the same thing and it was just these drivers.

    hope it works!
     
  8. smileyriley2

    smileyriley2 TS Rookie Topic Starter


    I have the klite codec pack and no DVD copying software

    My Graphics Card is ATI Radeon 9200SE I think this is a AGP - I installed everything in terms of drivers when I purchased the Card a couple of years ago. (not really understanding these procedure you are talking about).

    I removed my Neor software and the problem still exists.

    Please please please reply as Im not getting anywhere with this problem. A bit more on the difinition of the problem.............

    When I put a disk in (Finding Nemo, Harry Potter, Ice Age 2, Thunderbirds) the drive spins and the green LED flashes, but in My Computer the drive shows as empty. When I try and play a Demonstration DVD of Firemen Sam (supplied free with The Daily Mail newspaper) it works! The drive also plays copied DVD's.

    In summary the drive seems to only want to play copy DVD's or those not copy protected.

    What can I do? Please note I am not very well up on computers.

    regards
    smileyriley2
     
  9. SultanGris

    SultanGris TS Booster Posts: 158

  10. zipperman

    zipperman TS Rookie Posts: 1,179   +7

    DVD movie contents

    This is what a DVD movie contains.It plays from a PC or Home
    DVD "Player"
    I have a Sony +- combo,it will not "play this movie"
    It just burns dvd's or cd-r's.Thats what Nero is for although it includes a
    player software.
    But what is on the disks you say you played ?
    Attached is a real DVD movie contents.Buy or rental.
     
  11. smileyriley2

    smileyriley2 TS Rookie Topic Starter


    The DVD I can play belongs to my son (Firemen Sam) and when explored, the content files are the same as the ones you attached??

    did that - opened software - and still nothing recognised
     
  12. zipperman

    zipperman TS Rookie Posts: 1,179   +7

    Your probably right

    I just read my Sony DVD/CD rewriteable drive instructions.Too much to type here but,
    It describes the playing of dvd video problems your haveing.
    Do you have a manual,if so read it
    or DL one.pdf file
    My DVD Player was not that expensive.so i never tried my combo till now.
    I'll stick to useing my combo as a burner.
     
  13. smileyriley2

    smileyriley2 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Im afraid I don't have a manual

    Edited by Moderator: Removed quote. There`s no need to quote the post directly above your own. ;)
     
  14. zipperman

    zipperman TS Rookie Posts: 1,179   +7

    Thats bad news

    But as i said,your problem is nothing your doing wrong.Just play what plays
    or get a strictly DVD-rom player.
    What do you have now besides the one you posted ?
    It might not install Windows if the time comes.
    One again though,you can download a manual from Emprex.
    Never heard of that make,or is it where you bought it ?
    Whats written on the disk drawer or named in Sysdm ?

    Edited by Moderator: Removed quote. There`s no need to quote the post directly above your own. ;)
     
  15. smileyriley2

    smileyriley2 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Emprex is written on the drawer and I tried to download a manual before I posted but the manufacturer doeasn't seem to offer one on their website. It also seems that the company is now BTC http://www.btc.com.tw/english/index.htm

    Even theri driver update software doesn't work - this is crap!! *pulls hair out*

    Edited by Moderator: Removed quote. There`s no need to quote the post directly above your own. ;)
     
  16. zipperman

    zipperman TS Rookie Posts: 1,179   +7

    One last try

    Did you get a cd with it besides The burner software ? It might have the manual on it.
    Do you have Nero ? It explains some of this.
     
  17. smileyriley2

    smileyriley2 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    My memory doesnt serve me well as it was quite some time ago however I definately got Nero with the drive. I removed the Nero program tonight in a bid to reduce the liklihood of any conflicts. I will re-install and follow your advice.

    Don't you have a link to YOUR manual on line so I can have a look at what it says???
    Maybe that would b quicker?

    I got Nero with it but I uninstalled it today under previous advice. Do you have a link to YOUR manual that I could download???

    Edited by Moderator: Removed quote. There`s no need to quote the post directly above your own. ;)
     
  18. SultanGris

    SultanGris TS Booster Posts: 158

    I didnt meant to advise that u uninstall nero, but that you uninstall any programs designed to copy dvd's with copy protection, such as dvd43, clonedvd, and anydvd, or any other program designed to remove or circumvent copy protection,
     
  19. smileyriley2

    smileyriley2 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Its not a problem at all - I said I had limited knowledge.
     
  20. zipperman

    zipperman TS Rookie Posts: 1,179   +7

    This is Nero 6,name yours

    Uninstalling Nero has nothing to do with playing except if you uninstalled
    the Nero dvd player.The attached is found here,
    It describes my Sony combo,not yours.
    Program Files\Ahead\Nero Toolkit\InfoTool.exe"
    Plus all other usefull items.Like Users guide and Media player,are here, (Your manual)
    Start menu,Programs/Nero
    Do a complete install.
     
  21. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    It does look like you have video player software conflicts. Get into "Set Program Access and Defaults", and look to see what programs are selected for each operation... You may just need to select Microsoft, Non-Microsoft or Custom to reset things.

    Lastly you might try another CD/DVD burner... and don't worry, combo burners are great players, no matter what some people say :rolleyes:
     
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