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Windows Media - DVD Playing Help
« on: April 05, 2008, 04:13:26 AM »

Sorry for asking here, I have nowhere else to turn to....
A few months back, I had a harddrive issue on my computer and had to re-install everything.
I just now tried to play a DVD using windows media player and I'm having problems. I can hear the audio from the menu but there is no video. (It's also not prompting me to download any codecs, so I don't know if that's the problem) I've never had this happen before. I've always been able to play DVDs on my compter.
I'm running XP and Windows Media 9 (Same thing happens with the current version 11). Any ideas?

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Re: Windows Media - DVD Playing Help
« Reply #1 on: April 06, 2008, 04:35:34 PM »

I've listed a few players in this thread:

if you still can't play video, try downloading ffdshow, although, Windows Media PLayer should be able to play it.


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Re: Windows Media - DVD Playing Help
« Reply #2 on: April 06, 2008, 10:38:12 PM »

Go with TheBeets suggestion. That's a good list of free stuff.
WMP is a bit of an oddball with what it will play, what it needs etc.
It doesn't take much to stop it working and it's a devil of a job to fix.
I suspect that a few of the "essential" codecs have been deleted when you removed some programs during the re-install (some remove stuff, shared or not).
Have you tried a fresh download of WMP from Microsoft? I think there is a codec bundle you can download as well.
Oh, one question, is it just one particular DVD or all DVDs and, if just one, is it a bought or home-burnt one?
Finally, try the Microsoft support groups forum. They are pretty good at fixing things and have some genuine Microsoft experts and VIPs there.
It's a devil to find but I bookmarked it  :)
then use the table at the side to navigate to what you want (English, Windows, Windows XP,Media Player etc) - I have found them more than helpful on several occasions when something went wonky ;D
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