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Reloaded XP - cannot play DVD movies

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  1. vegastech

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    Had to reload XP. Now I can't play a DVD move - a compatible dvd decoder is not installed.
    When I ask for web help, it prompts me to buy a mpeg-2 decoder ( Cineplayer, Corel, Cyberlink, or Nvidia for XP).

    Do I need to buy one? Is there a free decoder to download? If I have to buy one, is one better than the other? I don't think any of these were on the pc before I reinstalled.

    I'm not very techie, so any help would be appreciated.
     
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  4. vegastech

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    Downloaded videolan and that works - thanks, fel1x.

    Stantley, I installed the codec you linked too and now WMP plays the DVD, but it is a little quirky. It is a rental dvd, and between each preview, it gets scrambled for a few seconds, and then plays the next clip. One of the previews would not show any video, just sound. The actual movie appears to be playing now.

    You stated that it's better to only install the codecs you need rather than the whole pack. Not being a techie at all, how do I know what codecs I need? Since the one I installed works (but have some issues), is there a better one???
     
  5. fel1x

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    well thats why us non distinguised members install entire pack as per my link, when i am distinguised i hope by then i will know what to install instead of scattergun approach!! cheers
     
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    See if this one works any better for you: http://www.free-codecs.com/download/Stinky_MPEG_2_Codec.htm

    If you were able to play DVD's prior to reinstalling XP you might have had some other DVD player installed like Cyberlink, which installs a DVD decoder that WMP can also use. Do you recall any other DVD programs that you might have had installed?

    fel1x's suggestion of using VLC player is also a good idea. That player will play just about any format and includes all of it's own codecs.
     
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    Thanks, I'll try the 2nd codecs link. I didn't have another player that I can recall - just whatever was included in the original OS install from Dell.

    Thanks for your help, stantley & fel1x.
     
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    Windows Media Player 11 plays DVD movies fine for me with K-Lite Codec Pack Full. (y)

    Start the install, then select "Default (without player)", then select "Windows Media Player", then load all the video and audio codecs.

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