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Problems with dvd's

By mrmlikesfrogs
Apr 18, 2008
  1. my xp desktop system won't play a dvd correctly on windows media player 11 it keeps sounding and looking choppy, please help...
     
  2. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,690   +1,879

    Well.....

    Exactly what are you trying to play it with? "My Computer"doesn't count as an answer..
     
  3. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 6,979   +362

    Something wrong with the DVD drive, graphics drivers need updating, DVD disk dirty, DVD player software corrupted or faulty, your PC specs are too low to play DVDs. That's about all I can think of for now.

    Edit: captaincranky, your crystal ball out for repair or something?
     
  4. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,690   +1,879

    Ahem.....He said, but I think he meant amen....Meh I'm not sure...

    No, you do need software to play a DVD on a computer. The Media player doesn't come with a DVD-Video Codec. Hence, it was actually a fair question.

    The Windows media player will attempt to play a DVD without a codec, and it will be jerky.
    I do like your insufficient spec answer though, good guess.
     
  5. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 6,979   +362

    Just kiddin' ya. I know what you meant. :)
     
  6. mrmlikesfrogs

    mrmlikesfrogs TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Is there a specific codec that i need to download so that i can play a dvd? It is very frustrating that they don't play. please help me...
     
  7. mrmlikesfrogs

    mrmlikesfrogs TS Rookie Topic Starter

    i have tried downloading several different codecs and the dvd still plays choppy, i am lost and confused as to what to do...
     
  8. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,690   +1,879

    You need a DVD-Video codec. I don't know of a free one. If you're using the Windows Media player it will direct you to software manufacturers you can purchase a plug-in from.

    You still haven't bothered to tell us which software you're trying to play a DVD with.
    Oddly enough, at this point I'm going to insist that you do, since we can't make a diagnosis if you don't! Capesh!
     
  9. ISPEED

    ISPEED TS Rookie

  10. mrmlikesfrogs

    mrmlikesfrogs TS Rookie Topic Starter

    i am not sure what you are asking me to tell you... i am not really literate with all of this. please forgive me but if you explain what it is you need me to tell you i will to the best of my knowledge.
     
  11. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,690   +1,879

    We're asking what software you're using to attempt to play the DVDs. For example; "Nero Showtime". "Power DVD", WinDVD, or the Windows Media player itself. The Windows Media player WON'T play DVD without a DVD "Plug-in".
    If you have software installed that is designed to play DVDs, then your problem could be hardware insufficiency. IE processor to slow, etc. The things that mailpup was pointing out earlier.
    Please reread our earlier posts, then post back with any other questions, it's not a problem, really.
     
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