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DVD playback error. windows 7

Discussion in 'Multimedia' started by BaDReligin, May 5, 2015.

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  1. BaDReligin

    BaDReligin Thread Starter

    Mar 12, 2015
    I'm having problems getting DVD to play in Windows 7.
    I just installed a clean copy of 7 on this laptop, and now it won't play a dvd.

    At first, I tried to play in windows media center.
    It read the disc, acted like it was about to play and then an error message.
    Next I tried regular media player.
    The disc WILL play but only in half screen.
    I tried to go full screen and the video freezes, the time signature counter stops moving but the audio continued to play.
    It seems to work in half screen, but the video will not fill the window. It looks like the video is scaled down to its lowest resolution; 640x480, and won't scale up.
    In full-scale it should be 720p, right?
    But WMP refuses to play it in full screen and the Media Center refuses to play at all.

    What could be the problem?
    I got all the correct drivers and everything else is working.
    It plays .avi videos just fine even in full screen.

    This is a Dell XPS M140 media center notebook.
    Intel Centrino Pentium M processor.
    Intel 915GM/910GML Express Chipset Family
    2Gb RAM
    Windows 7 home premium
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  3. Oddba11


    May 12, 2011
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    No. DVD is 480i or 480P. DVD is not 720P.

    > http://www.videohelp.com/dvd

    Scaling to fit the screen is a product of the player and/or video chipset. Did you update/install all of the hardware drivers after reinstalling the OS?

    DVD support for Win7 varies with the version being used: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/dvd-playback-help

    Easiest test is a dedicated player as noted above, VLC or MPC-HC. Both are free and include all needed codecs.
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