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Postby Lscman on Tue Dec 09, 2003 11:46 pm

I have a Liteon DVD burner, XP and Windows Media Player 9 on my home PC. I assumed this would be adequate software to "play a DVD" in my Liteon 411S, but NO! Does media player have no DVD decoder built-in?What software should I install?

I'm trying to play a DVD disk after making a backup using DVD Decripter, DVDShrink and Nero Express (component of Nero 6 Ultra Edition) to burn it. The original disk won't play either.

If you see anything else suspicious or stupid, please speak up. My older Apex AD-600A home stereo player does not like the first disk I tried to burn. The Apex player sits in the "Initiate" mode forever...it seems confused. I've heard the Liteon does not like DVD-R disks, but that's what I've tried so far. I don't know if my Apex hates minus disks too?? I downloaded & installed the latest Liteon flash firmware, just yesterday.

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Postby burninfool on Wed Dec 10, 2003 12:16 am

You need a MPEG-2 and AC3 decoder installed,didn't your Lite-On come with PowerDVD or WinDVD?
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Postby cfitz on Wed Dec 10, 2003 1:27 am

Nero 6 Ultra Edition contains a program named "ShowTime" that will play your DVD.

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Postby hoxlund on Wed Dec 10, 2003 2:34 am

i recommend PowerDVD 5
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Postby integspec on Wed Dec 10, 2003 9:15 pm

Try BS Player:
http://www.bsplayer.org/
It's free and at least for me, it's the best out there. It can do anything and more of what all those commercial products could do.

You might also want to try this codec pack:
www.skynet4ever.tk/
If the site is down, google for "SLD Codec Pack". Also the most comprehensive and least troublesome codec pack. XP MPlayer should be able to play DVDs normally, so maybe you have a codec issue.

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Postby dodecahedron on Thu Dec 11, 2003 12:03 am

is Windows Media Player 8 on Windows XP supposed to be able to play DVDs "out of the box", i mean directly after a fresh install, without me having installed/downloaded codecs or whatnot?

i have a fresh install of WinXP, i tried to play a DVD in Media Player but couldn't, maybe i just don't know how.
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Postby hoxlund on Thu Dec 11, 2003 12:54 am

windows media player 9 should
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Postby dodecahedron on Thu Dec 11, 2003 1:53 am

thanks.
i got WMP8 and no intention of installing WMP9.
burning plugin ARRRGGGGJHHHHH.
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Postby treemana on Thu Dec 11, 2003 11:03 am

I use WinDVD4. It came with my DVD drive.

I have Windows Media Player 9 installed, and it seems to be behaving itself OK. (I still prefer WinDVD for playing DVDs, though.)
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Re: What software plays a DVD on a PC??

Postby cbrillow on Thu Dec 11, 2003 1:37 pm

Lscman wrote:My older Apex AD-600A home stereo player does not like the first disk I tried to burn. The Apex player sits in the "Initiate" mode forever...it seems confused. I've heard the Liteon does not like DVD-R disks, but that's what I've tried so far. I don't know if my Apex hates minus disks too?? I downloaded & installed the latest Liteon flash firmware, just yesterday.

My experience with the Apex AD-600A is that it doesn't read any form of "home-burned" DVDs.

I bought a multi-format burner a couple of months ago and burned 4 short sample discs on DVD-R/RW and DVD+R/RW. None would play in my Apex. I took all four over to a friend's house, where all 4 formats played without problem in his newer DVD player.

My Apex will play VCD and SVCD on both CDR and CDRW, however.
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Postby hoxlund on Thu Dec 11, 2003 4:34 pm

i like my $80 JVC, plays every single format known to man, that is stored on media
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Postby Lscman on Mon Dec 22, 2003 2:31 pm

After digging, I found there's a firmware patch to read recordable DVD disks of the type + or -R on an Apex AD-600A and there's a chance it'll never read -R. Thanks for heads up.

I bought a new $80 Panasonic DVD-S35 at Target that plays everything under the sun except Dvix. It is rated tops on several sites.

I will reserve my 'ole Apex for playing all regions and removing Macrovision for clean VHS copies. That's it's only real strength.
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Postby Turkeyscore.com on Mon Dec 22, 2003 5:22 pm

dodecahedron wrote:is Windows Media Player 8 on Windows XP supposed to be able to play DVDs "out of the box", i mean directly after a fresh install, without me having installed/downloaded codecs or whatnot?

i have a fresh install of WinXP, i tried to play a DVD in Media Player but couldn't, maybe i just don't know how.


hoxlund wrote:windows media player 9 should

nope, you have to install one of the softwares with DVD decoders built in such as PowerDVD, WinDVD etc.
I think newegg has PowerDVD for $3
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Postby CDRecorder on Mon Dec 22, 2003 6:30 pm

Turkeyscore.com wrote:nope, you have to install one of the softwares with DVD decoders built in such as PowerDVD, WinDVD etc.


I think this is correct; you'll have to buy another program to play DVDs. I use WinDVD on my computer, and it seems to work fine. However, Windows Media Player should be able to play the DVD once you have installed WinDVD, PowerDVD, or another similar program.
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Postby hoxlund on Mon Dec 22, 2003 6:39 pm

no, windows media player 9 does play dvds without installing a previous dvd program
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Postby integspec on Tue Dec 23, 2003 2:01 am

There are many Codec Packs available out there in the web for free. Eg: SLD, Cole2k, Ace Mega, etc...

Most of the Codecs included in these packs are royalty free but sometimes they contain commercial codecs bundled without permission from the owners. Other than this issue they are perfectly safe to be installed. These packs save a lot of time and energy which otherwise will be wasted in installing the Codecs one by one.

(SLD is my favourite if you can find it.)
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Postby Fluxburn on Mon Jul 26, 2004 5:19 pm

I have windows media player 9 and can't view video? What could be the probelm?
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Postby cfitz on Mon Jul 26, 2004 6:13 pm

Fluxburn wrote:I have windows media player 9 and can't view video? What could be the probelm?

You likely don't have the right codec. What kind of video are you trying to view?

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Postby Fluxburn on Mon Jul 26, 2004 8:31 pm

I actually got it to work, the issue was that it only works on moniter #1 of my matrox dual head card, in addition only 24bit color depth. For some reason in crashes on the menu, yet plays the video?

I don't have a dvd burner yet, can I just save an image of the disc to my harddrive and burn it later?
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