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Need DVD player shareware for Vista 64-bit on Sony VAIO

I use DVDs from USA, South Africa and Sweden.  Windows Media Player will no longer change areas, so I need to download a DVD player that plays DVDs from any area. I have downloaded VLC media player, but it is not functioning properly.  iously a problem running on 64-bit.  Also have downloaded Mpplayewrc_homecinema_x64...  This works, but it is a very basic player - no play speed options, no reverse play function, no step-play functions.
Is there a fix to run VLC on 64-bit Vista Home Premium?
Is it possible to disable the area function on Windows Media Player?
Can you recommend any other good product?
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WilliamDoertenbach
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QEMS2Commented:
What version of vlc player are you running, i have had it running on vista 64 for a while now and no issues with it at all.  They have just released a new version 0.9.9 which has helped if you do not have it i would reccomending downloading it and installing this version.  They will have a full version 1 release out soon aswell so that may help even further.

http://www.videolan.org/

Otherwise you can use GOM player:
http://www.gomlab.com/eng/GMP_download.html

or KMplayer:
http://www.kmplayer.en.softonic.com

They are all free and do the job, let me know how you get on

Gray
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WilliamDoertenbachAuthor Commented:
Many thanks, Gray
I have Videolan 0.9.9, and I used VLC earlier without any problems on the same computer, but it won't work since I did a system restore.  Also tried a bunch of the fixes from various sources without success. Cannot imagine what has changed during the system restore, but I get a kaleidoscope of garbled  pixels which is vaguely recognizable as a picture, but it is too scrambled to be even close to viewable.
I will try downloading the ofther 2 layers you recommend and see if they will do the job, and will let you know how it is going...  In the meantime, thanks so much for yur very useful response.
Bill
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QEMS2Commented:
So a system restore caused this issue, interesting.

Have you:
Uninstalled and reinstalled VLC player?
Checked your graphics drivers are still ok and not corrupted from the restore or checked that they are up to date

I have had the pixel issue before but not from a dvd, i generally get it from playing certain file formats like mkv or sometimes flv.  I think it is an issue with the codecs so that is why i suggested to uninstall and reinstall incase some of your codecs have been corrupted.
VLC is good as you can play all your different region dvds without actually changing the region on your drive.

Another option for you maybe to make a backup dvd copy, as long as you own the dvd it is perfectly legal to backup that dvd but on the backup it will take region code off for you so can play it normally in your drive. Just a thought
http://www.dvdshrink.org/what_en.php

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WilliamDoertenbachAuthor Commented:
may thanks again... I will get busy with all that as soon as I have finished putting mywife's new greenhouse together...  Please forgive the delay.
Bill
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