DVD/RW not playing back DVD's

By rob270
Jan 20, 2007
  1. I have a Lite-On SOHW 1673S DVD/RW. At first it played the DVD with only video but no sound. Now there is no video and no sound. I've tried more than one DVD. The program "Power DVD" came with the drive. Both Windows Media Player 11 and Power DVD close after a few seconds after executing the "play in" command. However it recognizes data and musics CD's with sound. I do not have a secondary PC to test this optical drive on.
    Any suggestions besides buying a new optical drive?
  2. Tetra-Stryf

    Tetra-Stryf TS Rookie

    It may be your DVD Decoder. Try using the one that your video card manufacturer gives you. That probably your best bet. If you are using integrated video ( the moniter plugs into your I\O panel instead of a PCI, AGP or PCI-X slot) then try using the one provided by your motherboard manufacturer.
  3. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,472   +126

    Make sure you have the right codecs installed on your system.


    On this site above you have many codecs to choose from. Today you have so may different video formats most systems don't have the right codecs, decoders, installed. To playback MPEG1, MPEG2, Divix, Vixid, AVI, PDTV an etc..

    I recommend getting this: http://www.free-codecs.com/download/K_Lite_Codec_Pack.htm

    This also have a free scaled down version of Media Player well its better than what you get with current Windows meaning it doesn't hog the system or use a lot of memory. I use more and have disable or never installed WM9, 10, 11. I just use Media Player Classic. You don't need to use PowerDVD anymore you can use Media Player Classic. They also have replacements for Quicktime Player and Realmedia player also that doesn't hog the system run ads and etc..
  4. rob270

    rob270 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    The K-Lite Codec Pack did the trick! It looks like a great package. Even with the K-Lite pack installed, the Power DVD player still has conflicts so I just got rid of it.
    Thanks a mill Tipstir!! I owe you one.
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