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How do get a DVD-ROM to play?

Discussion in 'Multimedia' started by baileycorra, Feb 22, 2006.

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  1. baileycorra

    baileycorra Thread Starter

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    Hi all,

    I'm a newbie and need help! I need to purchase a program that plays on my computer's DVD-ROM drive. I've never tried playing a DVD on this computer before, so I tried playing a regular DVD movie, but it wouldn't play in WMP. I thought it would play automatically, so I checked WMP Help, and it said this:

    "To play DVDs, you must have a DVD-ROM drive, and a software or hardware DVD decoder installed on your computer. If you do not have a compatible DVD decoder installed, DVD-related commands, options, and controls do not appear in the Player and you cannot play DVDs. By default, Windows does not include a DVD decoder. For more information about DVD decoders, see Windows Help.
    This feature is only available on select versions of Windows. For more information, see Special features. "

    When I clicked on "Special Features" it said playing DVDs on WMP 9 Series is available only with Windows XP. I have Win 98SE - does this mean I can't play DVD's on my system? Or if I can, how do I do this?

    Any help would be greatly appreciated! :) Thanks in advance,

    Kirsty
     
  2. Elf-stone

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    VLC media player will play DVDs on Windows98.
    http://www.videolan.org/

    After you install the program, click 'file/open disk', click DVD(menu) or DVD, and where it says "device name" , put in the drive letter of your DVD drive if it is different than the default D:
     
  3. baileycorra

    baileycorra Thread Starter

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    Hi Elf-Stone and thanks for your reply!

    I installed VLC and did what you said and, it worked! :D I really appreciate your help! After reading some other posts about installing codecs and such I was afraid it was going to be a long, complicated process, but this is a great simple solution! :p

    Kirsty
     
  4. Elf-stone

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    You're very welcome. :)
     
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