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dvd decoder?

Discussion in 'Multimedia' started by PODNickerz, Jul 29, 2006.

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  1. PODNickerz

    PODNickerz Thread Starter

    Apr 13, 2002

    I have a dvd which i got and i try to play it on my laptop.
    I get the following message
    "Windows media player cannot play the dvd because a compatible dvd decoder is not installed on your computer"
    I heard that i need to purchase one, is this correct?

    I don't get it, how come i dont need a decoder to play it on a dvd player but on the computer i do?
    Why do they allow us to play dvd's on the computer even though we cant?

    Is there a free way around this?
  2. cwwozniak

    cwwozniak Trusted Advisor Spam Fighter

    Nov 28, 2005
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    If you wish to use Windows Media Player, then yes you will need to add a DVD decoder. Here is a list of some commercial (non-free) decoder plug-ins on the Microsoft web site:


    You dont need to add a decoder to a DVD player to play DVDs because it all ready has one built in. That is why it is called a "DVD Player".

    If the laptop came from a major laptop manufacturer with a built in DVD drive, there is a good chance that the manufacturer may have included some type of DVD player software all ready built in. Do you have a printed version or a file on the hard drive for the laptop's user manual?

    Alternate freeware players seem to be available. A quick Google search found this one:


    Some TSG member(s) may step up and recommend some product that they are familiar with.
  3. Elf-stone


    Jan 29, 2005
    I've been using VLC Media Player for a couple of years.


    Plays DVDs very well, plus AVI and many other formats.
  4. PODNickerz

    PODNickerz Thread Starter

    Apr 13, 2002
    ok Thanks all, i will try those proggies :)
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    Dec 9, 2004
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