request for advice for external dvd video error

By egshaw
Apr 23, 2004
  1. Can anyone offer advice on how to get my External DVD-ROM to play on my laptop?!?

    Here's the situation:
    Ancient laptop = Toshiba Satellite 2545 XCDT
    Video Driver = S3 ViRGE/MX+ (260), Chip ID = 8C01
    Graphics Adapter chip type = 86C260, 2 MB Video memory
    External DVD = Toshiba DVD-ROM, connected by PCMCIA

    The result:
    A green screen (no definition) and skipping audio.

    I've messed with re-installing and updating the Video Driver ( I've messed with the screen area and color, and at an area of 1600 by 1200 pixels and 256 colors, I can make out the skewed-color outlines of figures from a movie. The video is skipping, and obviously the audio is still skipping. At any other combination of screen area and color (16 bit/24 bit), all I get is a fully green screen.

    I've reached my (limited) abilities to solve this problem, and I'd appreciate any help or advice anyone can offer.

  2. egshaw

    egshaw TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Sorry, I forgot one relatively important fact:
    I'm working out of Windows 98.

    I initially had XP on the laptop, but reverted to 98. Same problems occurred with XP...
  3. Godataloss

    Godataloss TS Rookie Posts: 482

    I doubt that laptop can render the dvd video stream. What player software are you using?
  4. egshaw

    egshaw TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I'm using Intervideo WinDVD 4.
    Other laptop stats (please don't laugh):
    Processor Speed: 333 MHz
    RAM: 128 MB

    And the External DVD is: Toshiba DVD-ROM SD-C2502
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