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can't play movies on computer

Discussion in 'All Other Software' started by jorjus2, Feb 15, 2003.

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  1. jorjus2

    jorjus2 Thread Starter

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    I have a pent 2 266 motherboard, win 98se, and have a creative lab 52x cd rom that was installed about a year ago. I try to run movies for my grandson (ernest movie for some). I get a error that d/;not ready and can't play movies. How can I get these movies to run on this computer?????????? thank you
     
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    If your d: works in every other respect (that, can play music CD's, software etc) then it's possibly the format of the CD's you're trying to play. Have you played movies through this PC before? If so, what format were they in? That is, div-x, dvd, avi etc. As long as it's not dvd (because you would need a dvd-rom) you shouldn't have too many problems with the right codec installed. The codec is basically the instruction telling the pc how to display the (movie) file. If you bought the movie, it's probably dvd. If it was copied for you, it may be in one of the other formats. To check, insert the disc, open up my computer, right click d: and select explore. There may be more than one file in there but check for any file types that might say vcd, avi, mpg. I'm sure there's a few more file extensions to look out for but can't remember right now. If it is any of the latter file types you might need to install the codec to play it (if not already installed). You can enter div-x in your favourite browser and do some surfing. There is a free version of div-x available for download. Note though that it's adware but you can always install Ad-aware or Spybot to delete those bits of the program. Good luck! :)
     
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