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  1. padutch

    padutch Thread Starter

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    Just installed a DVD in my PC . Want to use it for watching movies . Only problem is when I pop a movie in it nothing works . I assume it is the software but where can I get any that will let me watch a movie ? I have Nero 8 but they want an upgrade to do this . I have Roxio and that doesn't seem to work , I have Easy CD Creator 5 Basic and that doesn't do it and I just tried VLC media player to no avail . The VLC media player almost gave me some hope but what I got was huge pixels and a flash of the movie at times . Any help out there ?
    Rick
    PS . running XP Pro
     
  2. Megabite

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    Do you have Windows Media Player 11..
     
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    Loaded windows media player and get a message that I am missing the dvd decoder . Whatever that is . Then loaded PowerDVD and that works fine , for 30 days at least . So what is this decoder thing ?
    Rick
     
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    Ok.....you may be lucky that when the trial runs out the decoder will still be left behind
     
  6. cwwozniak

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    Did your DVD drive come with any kind of software CD? If so, there may be a DVD player on it.

    The full version of Nero 8 should have come with Nero ShowTime 4, a DVD and Multimedia Player.

    Applications included in Nero 8 Ultra Edition:
    http://www.nero.com/enu/nero8-applications-included.html
     
  7. padutch

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    Yes , it came with Nero 8 but it has Nero Showtime Essentials
     
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    Padutch's original post said VLC produced a very rare state of failure. Why Power DVD's codec would work fine and not VLC's?? The GOM player might do the trick as it's approach to playback is a little different; http://www.gomlab.com/eng/.
     
  10. padutch

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    Installed Gom and I get audio just fine but no vidio . I can hear the movie but not see it .
    What am I doing wrong ?
     
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    I don't think you're doing anything wrong, when VLC and GOM fail to play a DVD there is something actively interfering or not functioning correctly. If you have ever allowed a self-contained DVD player to load itself from the DVD and play the movie in the past, it could cause such interference but you said you only just added a DVD player and it doesn't seem to be a problem with the DVD drive itself or Power DVD wouldn't work either.

    Its officially a mystery from my limited perspective.
     
  12. padutch

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    OK let me go through the whole problem here . VLC gives me real large pixels for a picture plus the sound . Gom gives me the sound but no video . I purchased SonicCinePlayerDVDDecoderPackv2.31_SDD so my Windows Media Player world work but I get sound and no video . I can get sound and video when I use Cyberlink but it is good for only 30 days so I would like to get my Media Player working . OH and Nero gives me nothing at all.
     
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    You did? From where?
     
  14. padutch

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    http://www.roxio.com/enu/products/cineplayer/vista/overview.html is for vista but there is a link for XP . I didn't read and purchased the one for vista first . Had to purchase the one for XP now I have 2 . You have Vista I will give it to you plus the key that was not used . I can't use it as I have XP .
    Back to my problems ,they got worse . I uninstalled Media Player 11 or rolled it back as they say . Then I went to reinstall it again and it will not reinstall . Just not my day .
     
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    Which version of VLC did you try? I've used it on my Windows XP Pro machine to play commerical DVDs without problems. It can be a little slow to fire up but once it does, it plays just fine. I don't have any other DVD playback software on my system. I'm using VLC 0.8.6d. Also, which DVDs are you having problems watching?

    Peace...
     
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