Skip to comments.Software/Uploads allowing DVDs to play on a PC (vanity)
Posted on 12/06/2011 10:48:47 PM PST by Outlaw Woman
Yes it's a vanity.
I no longer have TV but would like to be able to view movies on my desktop. I ran a search on it but couldn't find any answers that are specific.
Thanks in Advance!
I'll keep on eye on this thread for........informative links. ;)
Hey you! :P
Ummm, just pop in a DVD and it should launch Windows Media Player, then watch.
It's free. Not perfect but pretty good.
Do you have personal experience with this download yup?
OK. Carry on... :)
If it were that easy I wouldn’t have posted this. I just keep getting an error message and it will not play.
It’s free and excellent.
I recommend it most highly :-)
Ya got MY number... Har!
I like your tagline...and I agree with the sentiment :-)
Thank you very much
And, yours, too!!!
(hi-jacking the thread for a sec)
Merry CHRISTmas! :)
(leaving the thread cuz I’m skeered of the poster)
Here’s a Google search for “free dvd decoder for windows”.
you silly... :P
Thank you PC!
Merry CHRISTmas to you too :-)
No Xmas or Happy Holidays for me...
Here is a suggestion that you may not want, but when it comes to ease of use, speed, software, operating system, and just about every other point there is, nothing compares to “new”.
Saving only 60 dollars a year would give you 360 dollars at the end of six and plenty enough to buy a brand new windows 7 laptop, with built in camera, card reader, etc, and almost trouble free.
Three hundred sixty, is in the AMD dual core cpu range and soon probably in the i3 Intel cpu arena. Just a suggestion. I have laptops going back at least six years, and a couple of new ones, and there is no comparison.
Now for the first buy a new computer with Windows 7 or Apple OS statement.
Just kidding about that. Although it might be better with a new computer.
Like everyone else before has suggested, please use VLC media player.
Yes you are right but I’m not in a position at this time to buy new. It will be at least 6 months and then I do intend to do just that. Thanks.
Downloading it now. Thanks very much!
Ping you some advice later
I have been using it for 9+ years. It’s free and works with just about any video format you can come up with.
Others have linked to it.
I use vlc all the time. It’s open source.
I use VLC as well ... additionally, it allows me to play DVDs from England, Hungary, and Australia without a problem.
You’ve never actually tried this, have you?
And runs iso files without having to mount them.
And runs iso files without having to mount them.
Thank you so much for your help! Here’s where I am and I’m hoping with all of your expertise, I can get some further information.
I’ve uploaded the VLC player as suggested but now, I’ve put a DVD in the drive; the message that keeps coming back is ‘please insert a Disk into drive D’, which I’ve already done.
I’m a bit low on patience so haven’t gone through the ‘help’ file because I was hoping someone here could advise with additional info or experience if you can.
Thanks so much for your help!
Are you sure that your DVD drive is drive D? If so, there might be a problem with you DVD drive.
If that fails, try another DVD. If that fails, it will be time to start testing the drive to see if it is bad.
Yes it’s drive D. CDs play fine in the drive.
I knew this was too good to be true lol :(
Thanks chad. Here’s what I’m getting when I do that:
“Your input can’t be opened:
VLC is unable to open the MRL ‘dvd://D:\’. Check the log for details.”
So ... I’m at a loss. The drive plays just fine when it’s a CD.
Did you try a second DVD?
If so and if that also failed to play, start Windows Explorer and see if you can get a directory listing for a DVD disk. The "Computer" or "My Computer" icon on your desktop should start Windows Explorer. Look at drive D and see if there are files listed.
[ please insert a Disk into drive D ]
I use VLC on Windows(W2K) and Linux.. both work fine..
You might need to update system.. or DVD is flawed..
I have one DVD...will borrow one tomorrow. Thanks T for your suggestions
If your computer is that age it’s probably a CD player, not a DVD player. CD players will not play DVDs.
That was the whole reason for the thread rk. I was under the impression that the right software could ‘convert’ the DVD and play.
Are you saying that its not possible at all? (computer is xp os and about 6 years old)
Won’t play it. DVDs hold about 4.6 gig of information CDs about 600 meg. The tracks on the DVD are too small for the CD player to read.
Your computer must have a DVD drive. It cannot be done otherwise.
If the other DVD disk fails to play, and you cannot get a directory listing using Windows Explorer, you may need to replace the drive. Six year old DVD drives are not particularly reliable. New DVD burner drives are very cheap these days, under $30, and they are usually (but not always) fairly easy for you to replace yourself.
Check and see if you’ve got USB 2.0 ports. You can probably pick up a DVD external drive for twenty to forty bucks and it should work fine. You can check Amazon or NewEgg.
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