DVD drive wont read dvd's, will read cdroms

Discussion in 'PC Hardware' started by johnnymiller, Apr 17, 2005.

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    johnnymiller Guest

    Looking for help regarding dvd read only drives. Installed a dvd drive
    around 1 year ago and it was working normally for about 6 months. One
    day for whatever reason, it stopped reading dvd movies. My dvd drive
    can still read cdrom's & games on dvd, it will not recognize any
    dvd movies, infact it doesnt recognize any disk being present (dvd
    movies). Programs I have capable of running dvd are winDVD 4,
    intervideo home theatre and windows media player. Would anyone here
    have any idea how I can solve this problem.
    johnnymiller, Apr 17, 2005
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    Ed Cregger Guest

    If you are having the same problem that I had a while back, you will have to
    purchase the rights (and download a copy) of a DVD decoder program. The one
    that came with your computer/DVD drive has expired.

    This is another wonderful innovation that Microsoft has dreamed up to nickel
    and dime us to death. This is also a reason why I am moving to Linux
    eventually. Not that you wouldn't have to buy the decoder codex for a Linux
    system, but Microsoft is the one that dreams this stuff up. Other equally
    inane things such as removing the save a web page on disk so that you can
    recall it instantly when needed, and then letting the ISP's charge you $5 a
    month to obtain the feature that used to come free with Windows Explorer.

    You can buy the codec (decoder) for less than $20 on the web from various
    outlets. Go to the Microsoft website for a list of vendors.

    Ed Cregger
    Ed Cregger, Apr 17, 2005
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    Jim Guest

    Nope, simple download. DVD's play fine with Kaffeine.
    Jim, Apr 17, 2005
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    Ed Cregger Guest

    Ah, nice to know. Thanks, Jim.

    Ed Cregger
    Ed Cregger, Apr 17, 2005
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