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Win2K and DVD Players .... ?

Posted on 2000-03-21
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Hello,

Has anyone used software DVD players with Win2k?

I've got Matrox G400, but the Matrox DVD player doesn't work in Win2k.  I've tried WinDVD 2000, but it acts kinda funny, first when I launched it, it didn't find a required dll Winaspi32.dll.
I found it somewhere else on my disk, actually in several places, one was 36kb and one was 154kb.  I've tried putting both of these files in the windvd directory.  It launches alright, but when I try to play a movie,  I get sluggish audio but no video.  If I try skipping forward or anything like that, WinDVD completely freezes ...

Has anyone been able to use WinDVD on Win2K or any other Software DVD player?
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I'm running PowerDVD v2.5 with Pioneer and Creative DVD-rom's on win 2000. I've tested no Matrox so far, but it works on Voodoo, Banshee, TNT2 and GeForce. Should also work for G400.

You should check your ASPI layer. Adaptec released a software to check your ASPI layer (aspichk.exe). The file which contains the necesarry files is: aspi32.exe. Both can be downloaded from Adaptec's WEB site. I could upload them, but don't know where to?

ASPI layer is important since your DVD comunicates through ATAPI. I had to install ASPI Layer on every machine with DVD-Rom.
Good Luck.
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by:Adam Leinss
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Tried CineMaster DVD with NT codecs, WinDVD 2000, VaroDVD, etc.  Only the latest version of PowerDVD works.
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Thanks for your comments,  I'm going to check out that aspi32.exe program and PowerDVD, then I'll let you know ...
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BackBonE:  I'm currently downloading a Trial of PowerDVD 2.55 and I have downloaded Aspichk.exe and Aspi32.exe from Adaptec.  When I run Aspichk.exe it tells me that ASPI is not properly installed.  When I try to Aspi32.exe it gives me this message: "This upgrade
requires that either an Adaptec host adapter or an Adaptec version of the ASPI layer be installed on your system. If you are updating a version of ASPI delivered with a non-Adaptec application, then you should download and run that progam's update utility instead."

Do you know where else I can get ASPI?


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I tried PowerDVD 2.55 and as soon as I had installed it, I could use the Aspi32.exe program from Adaptec to update the ASPI files.

DVD playback works now, but it's kinda choppy in fullscreen mode.  But I guess that's because the DVD players don't work as fast in Win2000 as they do in Win98, because DVD works perfectly on my system in Win98.

Anyway, your answer was good.


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you could mail me directly from CRX@bigfoot.com for ASPI installers. But before this try that:
ASPI checks for an compatible SCSI card. You'll have to trick your windows. You could install a non-existing, non working adaptec SCSI card with your windows drivers try AHA-15XX series.
After that try installing ASPI again.
If this does not mail me and I'll send you the files. Good Luck
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