escorial
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WIN XP Home - Medial Player 11 will not play dvd

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Hi,

I just finised a fresh reinstall of XP Home on my E521, NVIDIA Ge-Force 6150LE, NVIDIA 430/410 Serial Controller ( if those numbers help?) , I updated to the MS Media Player 11 and for some reason it will not play store bought DVD? I get a message about lowering my video resoultion, which I tried w/o any success. I checed my Device Manager and saw no yellow marks. Also if I run the DVD through my NERO 10 player it works fine. I have been reading fixes and am at a loss. I really would like to get the 11 up and running if possible.

My DVD burner / player is a new LG GH22NS70 , I'm still running MS updates after the fresh install and have been swamped with lots of NET Framework updates. Let me ask you this, could a lack of all the updates being installed be causing this DVD player not to function?

The E521 has a 80gb HD and running 4gb ram. Better photo here http://www.angelfire.com/il3/twins/mediaplayer11error.JPG

 

On anothe note even though I have the box checked off to notify myself by email when I reply is posted I never get notified? Has Dell turned this off?

TIA,

J

 

 

 

JJR,

Inspiron 15R-5520

Win 7 64 Bit

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Re: WIN XP Home - Medial Player 11 will not play dvd

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Hi escorial,

Windows Media Player does not have a DVD decoder. You need to install a DVD program such as PowerDVD, which should have come with your computer. If you do not have the disc, there is a freware player called VLC Media Player you can download which should work.

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Re: WIN XP Home - Medial Player 11 will not play dvd

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Windows XP does not include the DVD codecs.

A DVD decoder is another name for an MPEG-2 decoder. The content on DVD-Video discs is encoded in the MPEG-2 format, as is the content in DVR-MS files (Microsoft Recorded TV Shows) and some AVI files. To play these items in the Player, you need a compatible DVD decoder installed on your computer.

Plug-ins for Windows Media Player

Plug-ins add functionality—such as audio effects or DVD capability—to Windows Media Player. You can download plug-ins for your version of the Player using the links below. Learn more.

DVD Decoder (MPEG-2 Decoder) plug-ins

Some editions of Windows include full-featured DVD playback capability in Windows Media Player. For those that don't, you can purchase a plug-in that adds features such as full-screen video playback controls and DVD chapter listings to Windows Media Player.

For Windows 7

Windows 7 Home Premium, Ultimate, and Enterprise come with DVD playback capability built in. If you're running Windows 7 Home Basic or Starter, you can upgrade your edition of Windows 7 to add full DVD capability.

For Windows XP or Windows Vista

If you're running Windows XP, Windows Vista Home Basic, Windows Vista Business, or Windows Vista Enterprise, you can enhance your DVD playback experience by purchasing one of the DVD decoder packs listed below.

For the best multimedia experience on your PC, consider upgrading to Windows 7.

Audio effects (DSP) plug-ins

Add effects such as reverb, echo, and more with a DSP (digital signal processing) plug-in for Windows Media Player.


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rdunnill
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Re: WIN XP Home - Medial Player 11 will not play dvd

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If you search carefully, you can find an OEM copy of PowerDVD 9.X on eBay for around $10 including shipping. It will have the missing plug-in.

An alternative is to upgrade to WIndows 7 Home Premium (which includes a DVD codec) -- $80 on sale at Newegg today only with promo code EMCJJHE57.

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7 Plutonium

Re: WIN XP Home - Medial Player 11 will not play dvd

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PowerDVD isn't worth $10, IMHO. VLC Media Player is free and solves the problem.

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rdunnill
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Re: WIN XP Home - Medial Player 11 will not play dvd

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PowerDVD is one of the best video players available, and for at least a year it was the only choice for high quality HD-DVD and Blu-ray playback on home theater PCs.

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7 Plutonium

Re: WIN XP Home - Medial Player 11 will not play dvd

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But if all you need is a simple codec....

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rdunnill
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Re: WIN XP Home - Medial Player 11 will not play dvd

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It's not always so simple when patented software requiring royalties is involved. VLC may be free to download but does it contain the needed MPEG-2 playback module? I just tried the Linux version and it does not.

Wikipedia: "In the case of free software such as VLC media player (which uses the ffmpeg library) and in which the software is not sold, the end-user bears the royalty."

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7 Plutonium

Re: WIN XP Home - Medial Player 11 will not play dvd

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Solved many a missing codec problem just by installing VLC. It's free to try.

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escorial
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Re: WIN XP Home - Medial Player 11 will not play dvd

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Thanks all the codec was the answer!

JJR,

Inspiron 15R-5520

Win 7 64 Bit