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DVD unable to decode???

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  1. alamal

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    Hey folks!
    Our church school bought a used MicronPc TransPort ZX with XP Pro and 256MB Ram and PIII.
    When we try to play a DVD a message comes up that says, "Windows Media Player cannot play because a compatible DVD decoder is not installed on your computer."
    Can someone tell me what this means and how to get a decoder? I haven't a clue (pretty normal for me :))
    Thank you so much for your time and may God bless,
    Peter
     
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  5. alamal

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    Perhaps this is dumb question but if I have a DVD shouldn't it play DVD's? Why do I have to get a decoder?
    BTW, the one from 3ivx didn't work.
    Now, what if I pay for one online and it doesn't work like the 3ivx software?
    Sorry for all the questions but I guess I'm just not getting it.
    Thanks so much and may God bless,
    Peter
     
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    If you have Mediaplayer 9 or 10 you should be able to play DVD's but sometimes the computer doesn't have the right codecs but usually there free.

    If you have mediaplayer try this

    http://www.soft32.com/download_2592.html
     
  7. alamal

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    Hey bonk, thanks for quick reply. We're running WMP10 on this machine. Will this download work for 10 even though it says it for 9?
     
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    It will load but wether that's the problem is another matter but don't worry your not alone see this on here every night and it's a different reason everytime.

    Fun and games.

    Give it a go can't be any worse
     
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    Well, I gave it a go but it didn't want to work. I got the same message. Hmmmm. Any other thoughts?
    I really appreciate you taking the time!
    Peter
     
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    First of all what message does it say???

    Have you got anti-virus on the PC??

    Did it ever play DVD's

    What DVD's are they??

    Do you have aDVD drive??

    Is everything else working OK??

    Have you got all the updates like sp1,sp2 for windows??

    Just a few Questions
     
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    The message is this, "Windows Media Player cannot play because a compatible DVD decoder is not installed on your computer."
    We have AVG .0 plus Firewall. We also just bought it so we are assuming it played them.
    The DVD's we're trying to play is a mix. A promo for our school and the movie "Heidi" (for the little kiddies :))
    All hardware, software and CU's are all up to date( I just did that previously).
     
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    After I wrote my last post I too found site and downloaded Windows XP video decoder checkup utility and it said that there are no MPEG-2 decoders installed on this computer.
     
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    Try the free PowerDVD.. I had WMP9 on a friends laptop and it didn't want to play DVD's..
    After installing PowerDVD all worked fine..

    I think the trial has what you need.. Free to use, not sure how long, but even if you don't want PowerDVD windows might still play them.
     
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