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No DVD playback in Windows 2000

Ok.  Here's the situation.  Everything in Windows 2000 works except OpenGL and DVD movie playback.  OpenGL support, according to MS, won't be offered until after the launch of Windows 2000.  Fine. Next thing, DVD movie playback.  I have a Savage 4 AGP video card.  I'm running Windows 2000 2195.1.  DVD Playback works fine under Windows 98.  So I tried VaroDVD, PowerDVD, Windvd 2000 and Cinemaster 98 w/ NT codecs without success!  WinDVD is suppose to work under NT 4.0.  So I loaded it and it complaining about wnaspi32.dll.  So I downloaded an updated ASPI subsystem from Adaptec's website for Windows 2000 and that error went away.  WinDVD 2000 now loads, but it locks up when you try to play the DVD (hourglass sits there thinking).

Loaded on PowerDVD, hopeless, guess it's only made for Windows 9x.  Ok, loaded Cinemaster and same exact thing as WinDVD 2000, hourglass just sits there. So then I try VaroDVD, which says right in its documentation that it:

1. Works under Windows 2000
2. Works with S3 Savage

Perfect I thought.  So I loaded the trial version up (only limited by 30 day limit, no other restrictions) and it says: No filters available?  I checked and indeed, there were no filters registered, as I thought there would be.

So now I am really mystified and don't know what to do.  Any suggestions?  There is one device, I think it's part of the Win TV card, that is coming up unknown in the control panel. Also, my DVD is a Pioneer DVD-104.  I will raise the points to 1000 for the person who solves my dilemma.
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Adam Leinss
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LermitteCommented:
VaroDVD: Let's see for this..

If filters are not registered, you should copy Windows\System\Regsvr32.exe to Windows\Regsvr32.exe and install VaroDVD again.

Mario


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LermitteCommented:
Please check the version of Windows\System\MSVCIRT.dll. VaroDVD runs well under 6.0 or higher version of MSVCIRT.dll. MSVCIRT.dll is included in Windows.

Mario
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Adam LeinssAuthor Commented:
Ok, for the first part, I copied regsrv32.exe from C:\winnt\system32\dllcache to C:\winnt, reinstalled, and rebooted, filters still don't come up?  For the second part, my msvcirt.dll is version 6.1.8637.0.  Any other ideas? =) I'm thinking something is seriously missing, but I'm not sure what it is.

In the device manager, there is a section called Sound, Video and Game Controllers and under that, Video Codecs.  In there they have iccivd.dll, Indeo Video 5.10, ir32_32.dll, msh261.dll, msh263.dll, msrle32.dll, and msvidc32.dll.  Is there a way that I can hack some kind of codec into Windows 2000 and if so, what files do I need to hack in and how do I do it? =)
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Adam LeinssAuthor Commented:
BTW, other people have been using WinDVD 2000 under Windows 2000 w/o any problems, from talking to people on the IRC.  Something is a amiss in my system! ARGH!!!!
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LermitteCommented:
I found this on the Vario site in Japan ...

Please check VGA first. VaroDVD cannot play DVD-ROM with the VGAs that don¡¯t support Overlay Mixer, e.g. Matrox G100, Fire GL or Stealth 5000.
Please change your display resolution lower. The lack of available video memory may prevent VaroDVD from playing DVD-ROM. The display resolution, 800 by 600, is perfect for VaroDVD.
Please update your display driver. Some of old drivers may not support features that VaroDVD requires. You can get new display drivers by contacting display vendors or searching through the Internet.
Please check the version of Direct X. 6.0 or higher version of Direct X is highly recommended. You can install Direct X 6.0 by installing the commercial version of VaroDVD.
Please check whether Direct X Media is installed on your system. VaroDVD cannot be executed without Direct X Media. You can install Direct X Media by installing the commercial version of VaroDVD.
If you cannot run VaroDVD still after doing steps 1)-5), please uninstall and reinstall VaroDVD.
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LermitteCommented:
I have also found a patch??

http://www.varovision.com/sub1/vpdown.html

Mario
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LermitteCommented:
Im only see to help you, and I find thi site I hope it's helpfull

http://www.hoyty.com/dvd/index.htm

Mario
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Adam LeinssAuthor Commented:
I'm using the latest reference driver from s3.nextmill.com.  I had to use the latest and greastest video driver, because there is a known problem between the S3 Savage 4 and the WinTV card! =(  So, my video drivers are up to date.  Now, Windows 2000 is suppose to come preinstalled with Direct X 7.  How can I check if it's installed?  Is DirectShow and DirectPlay included in Direct X?  Where can I get Direct X 7 if it is not installed?  According to MS' webpage, it comes preinstalled?  Anyways, bumped my resolution down from 1024x768 to 800x600, same results.  I tried the patch, same results.

I looked at the website, will look at it better tonight...maybe DirectX is my problem....
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Adam LeinssAuthor Commented:
Quick comment, directx 7.0a is installed and direct3d and directdraw work fine, I ran dxdiag and everything is good....
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netmageCommented:
Were you allowed the win2k region selection option?

The Pioneer 104 is the 10xDvd player and this is region locked.

Can you verify its current region setting.

I'm mentioning this because in win2k the region settings if incorrect don't always display the wrong region error but fail to load a player with all sorts of odd system errors.

If you need tools to do this i can send you to url's to obtain these.

There is also a hack to remove the region lock if needed.

Whatever you do, don't remove the 2nd jumper on the DVD.

Netmage
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Adam LeinssAuthor Commented:
I selected region 1, USA?  I have 4 chances left to change it and I don't plan on changing it ever again.  I just got the computer 3 weeks ago, there is only one jumper on the DVD?

BTW: hunting through the windows 2000 directory I see it comes with its own DVD Player!  I tried it, and it say:

DVD Player might not work correctly because:

1. Not enough video memory (I have 32mbs)
2. Another application is using the video display resources
3. Not compatible with your decoder card

Turned down resolution to 640x480, no difference.  Nothing else is using the video resources, AFAIK, and number 3 is probably the culprit!  

I downloaded a new version of PowerDVD and it installed this time.  I had to return my test DVD to my friend tonight, will rent another DVD tomorrow or the next day.
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netmageCommented:
Just as a test to see if this a S4 Savage problem, borrow a different video card.

Not sure if this is possible but i think if you use the standard win2k vga driver you may get further in initialising the dvd player.
I'm suggesting this to see if different errors are created but not the ones you have already.

obtw.
I recommend WinDVD 2000 as the current best playback under win2k.


Netmage
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netmageCommented:
I have been reading some dvd info that you may wish to follow up on.

Apparently XingDVD player works with win2000.

In your case it may be pertinent in that S3 is one of Xings developement partners.

Unfortunately there is no evaluation software available at xing's web site.
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Adam LeinssAuthor Commented:
Let me check into that, I think I can borrow that from a friend....
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Adam LeinssAuthor Commented:
New version of PowerDVD works! YES!  Now I have to find a way to upgrade my old version to the new one...
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Adam LeinssAuthor Commented:
Well, PowerDVD plays DVD under Windows 2000, but speed is horrible, esp. considering I have a 700 Mhz Athlon with 256 mbs of RAM.  Direct3D  Acceleration and AGP support are disabled and that's probably why the DVD playback is so slow.  Since I solved my own problem, Lermitte gets the 500 points for the effort, but not the bonus 500 points.
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LermitteCommented:
Thanks,

Mario
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