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Unable to watch Movies

Discussion in 'Multimedia' started by 13thLetter, Oct 22, 2008.

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  1. 13thLetter

    13thLetter Thread Starter

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    Ok, the title is kind of misleading. What I have is a Dell Inspiron 8200 with Windows XP 2002, service pack 3, pentium 4 processor 1.70Ghz, 384 MB Ram. I also have VLC media player, realplayer, Windows Media Player, and WinDVD.

    My laptop is connected to my flatscreen HDTV via VGA cable. (I think that's the one that plugs into most monitors, anyway...)

    My flatscreen is a Toshiba Regza 37HL67S.

    I have successfully configured the laptop so that it displays on the TV by reducing the resolution to 1024 x 768 and making the refresh rate 60 hz via the Display properties.

    If you're still with me HERE'S MY PROBLEM: DVD'S and many movies that I play on my laptop to not display on my TV. I can see them just fine on the laptop screen but when I try to play them on the TV the screen either goes blank, or the window that is showing the movie goes black. There's something incompatible with my settings what the TV can display I just don't know what it is or where to look. I've consulted the owners manual for the television to no avail. I would appreciate any assistance anyone could offer. Thank you very much for your time and effort.


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  2. mm018x2710

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    Curious. Have you tried Cyberlink powercinema its a program that lets you watch movies from a pc onto a tv or try AVS software windows media player is only for pc's from what i remember.
     
  3. Elvandil

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    The TV only displays what is sent to it, so you should look to your graphics card for adjustments and fixes. You might try turning off DirectX acceleration if the movies still play correctly (troubleshooting slider), or at least reducing them.

    What graphics card do you have and do you have the control software for it installed?
     
  4. ~Candy~

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    Hi and welcome.

    Ok, this might be a stupid question :eek: But, if you have a flatscreen tv, why do you need to play a movie from your laptop? Surely you have a dvd player attached to your flatscreen?
     
  5. Elvandil

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    Ah, Candy. Always straight to the heart of the matter....:D
     
  6. ~Candy~

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    Well, I mean, seriously? I need to do that when I travel with my laptop and there is no DVD player in the room or cabin, but, can't imagine why I would drag the laptop to the big screen tv in order to watch a movie :D
     
  7. 13thLetter

    13thLetter Thread Starter

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    Well, the tv was a gift, the laptop works, the dvd player not so much. So, instead of spending 40-400 on a new dvd player why not fix the laptop I have. I also download movies from netflix and the like. I'm not sure what video card I have, everything is stock from the factory. If someone could tell me how to find out I'd appreciate it. Also, I'm going to try out that DirectX thing. Again thanks, for all of your help.
     
  8. vicks

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    D/L run www.belarc.com. This free program will tell you everything on your computer, including license/key numbers.
    Vicks
     
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