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I am working with a Compaq Presario, w/98 and using Internet Explorer 6. When I try to play a DVD, it will not work. I get an error message that says "No Valid Drive/Disc Found". I can play music cd's with no problem. I can use games and/or program discs with no problem. There was a time in the past when I was able to use it. This Compaq has only a quick restore disc. I used that and went to "Custom Restore" and reinstalled the DVD software but to no avail. Hopefully you can find a simple solution to this as I still am not an Einstein with computers. Thank you much. jonmar
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Which software do you use for plazying dvd's?
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Hi

What does it say on the front of the CD player?

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DVD Players either come with a hardware decoder (card) or you can use a Software Decoder like PowerDVD.  Often they are bundled with trial or limited versions of such applications.

There are utilities that allow creation of what is known as a VCD (Video CD either copied from a DVD into that format or created with something like Easy CD Creator or Nero).  Usually, a standard VCD will be able to play in Media Player depending on the compression "codecs" that were used to create it, and the existence of suitable de-compression codecs installed on your system.

The next step up, in terms of fidelity, is an SVCD which encodes it in a different format and most usually you have to have a program like PowerDVD to allow it to play.

Windows 98 on its own will normally not be able to play a DVD without additional software as stated above.

Running a program like PowerDVD also depends on whether your graphics card or chip supports specific functions.  Some of these functions are assisted by the installation of Microsoft's DirectX.

Use Start > Run > and type DXDIAG > then click "OK"
This will tell you what version is installed, and will also allow you to run tests.

A utility like AIDA32 will usually provide details of what functions your graphics support, although AIDA32 doesn't always tell you too much about Compaq's.

http://www.aida32.hu/aida-download.php?bit=32

http://www.aida32.hu/download/aida32pe_388.exe

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Thank you, jonmar
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