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    zacspeed's Avatar Pheasant plucker
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    Hi all,
    Sorry it's such a dumb noob question (but I have zero experience of DVD's).
    A friend just gave me a DVD Rom for my PC, I threw it in & popped in a disc & Window$ media player told me that "a compatible DVD decoder is not installed on my computer".
    What should I do next (I'd rather not use WMP if at all possible), What is the best software for me to watch DVD's. I won't be burning any (coz it ain't a writer!), Anything small that doesn't hog the old resources too much. I looked on download.com, but everything seems to have sh!t loads of spyware bundled with it.
    Any advice/pointers would be gratefully received.
    Z.


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    Snee's Avatar Error xɐʇuʎs BT Rep: +1
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    Well, videolan is a good basic player to start with, but for dvd's it wouldn't hurt to have something especially made for dvds, although videolan will probably play them.

    A couple of years ago I might have recommended power-dvd but I don't really know today as I don't play dvds off my 'puter at this time.

    And it probably wouldn't hurt you to grab some codecs as well for all manner of movie-files and suchlike, so have a look in the codec section as well.
    Last edited by Snee; 04-01-2005 at 09:27 PM.

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    CyberLink PowerDVD is the best

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    Quote Originally Posted by SnnY
    Well, videolan is a good basic player to start with, but for dvd's it wouldn't hurt to have something especially made for dvds, although videolan will probably play them.
    It does play DVDs but doesn't support DTS sound, because of copyrights.
    Still, VLC pwns everything!

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    I would recommend powerdvd xp 4.Its a little easier on the resources then the newer versions and I've never had a problem with it.Although since my philips dvp642 dvd player came along I haven't used power dvd much.

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    Thanks guys, I'll investigate your suggestions.

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    Videolan seems to work the best (thanks SnnY ), one more question I have now- When I insert a copied DVD, it plays fine. When I attempt to play an original disc, my system completly freezes up. Doesnt even let me open media player.
    Any suggestions?
    Thanks in advance.
    Z.

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