I had to put a new hard drive in my Latitude X300 and now need to reinstall WinDVD on the new hard drive. I have the CD for version 4.0 of WinDVD
I'm getting two error messages:
16 bit MS-DOS subsystem
c:\progra~1\symantec\s32evnt1.dll. An installable virtual Device Driver failed Dll initialization. choose 'close' to terminate the application. (note I can choose either close or ignore below this message. Ignore does nothing)
A second or two after the first error pops up, a second error shows up. I have to click on error #1's title bar to drag it out of the way to read the second error.
A Severe Error has occurred. All I can do is click OK to this one. When I click OK, the same error window changes text and says "This is not a qualified Dell machine".
Any suggestions on how I can get WinDVD installed?
A search of this forum shows this was a very common problem, albeit most date to 2003 and earlier; apparently WinDVD checks for a Dell BIOS before installing as a piracy prevention measure. Unfortunately I could find no definitive solution for it (though you might want to read through those threads yourself).
If someone else doesn't jump in with a solution, you might consider trying something like the open-source VLC Media Player instead to play DVDs.