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My windows media player cannot play DVD

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I have Vista 64bit.  I'm trying to play DVD's but Windows Media PLayer displays a message that reads: "Windows Media Player cannot play DVD video. You might need to adjust your Windows display settings. Open display settings in Control Panel, and then try lowering your screen resolution and color quality settings"

I've installed so many MPEG2 decoders by now.  None work.  Adjusting display settings also doesnt work.

Please help!
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by:Leon Teale
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have you tried playing another dvd?

it shouldnt need decoding..when you change your screen resolution did you just right click the dektop..personalize..and then increase/decrease resolution?
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by:PantoffelSlippers
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yes i tried about 5 dvd's - they work on another PC.

on the desktop..personalize = yes thats the way i did it
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by:Leon Teale
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what version of media player are you using?
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by:JoWickerman
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Hi PantoffelSlippers,

I know you have installed a lot of codecs, but try this one:

http://free-codecs.net/download/XP_Codec_Pack.htm

What have you got to loose?

Hope it helps.

Cheers
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Oh yes. The codec pack works on Vista.
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I recommend the Vista Codec Pack with x64 components:
http://www.mydigitallife.info/2007/04/24/vista-codec-package-438-and-x64-components-118-free-download/

I also recommend to use another media player, Media PLayer Classic Vista Edition, for instance, which was optimzed for the above Codec packs:
http://www.mydigitallife.info/2007/08/28/media-player-classic-home-cinema-mpc-hc-edition-for-vista-free-download/
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ok then isntead of downloading loads of things try just going to 'library' tab..drop down menu.. withing windows media player..assuming you have one of the latest wich im guessing you will cos u got vista lol

and then go to 'more option'

then go to devices...then click your dvd player hardware then properties and tick the use error correction..

also..

check the dvd tab..there are some good options in there...

maybe compare them to a working media player setup?

hope this helps
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Just clik on download=(descargar in spanish) And ready. This is the best option. It is free....
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You must be running Windows Vista Home Basic, Windows Vista Business, or Windows Vista Enterprise all of which do not support dvd playback. Check out this link...

http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia/player/plugins.aspx

Typical MS gimmick to encourage you to upgrade!

Your best option is to install the freeware player suggested by felny. You may have to change a few setting after installation to get it to work though...

- Open VLC media player.
- Click on Settings and select Preferences& .
- Expand Video and Click on Output modules (No need to expand Output modules, just click on it).
- Check Advanced options in the lower right corner.
- Set Video output module to either DirectX, OpenGL or Windows GDI
- Restart VLC media player after the change.

Good Luck!
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Thanks
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Many thanks to all involved
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