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Software/Uploads allowing DVDs to play on a PC (vanity)
12/06/2011

Posted on 12/06/2011 10:48:47 PM PST by Outlaw Woman

Yes it's a vanity.


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Because there are so many tech 'gurus' on FR, I wanted to see if anyone can recommend an upload which will allow my PC to play DVDs. It is a Dell. Windows XP. The system is appx 6 years old.

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!

1 posted on 12/06/2011 10:48:51 PM PST by Outlaw Woman
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To: Outlaw Woman
A VANITY???????????

For SHAME!!!

I'll keep on eye on this thread for........informative links. ;)

2 posted on 12/06/2011 10:51:20 PM PST by Bradís Gramma (Keep the CHRIST in Christmas!!!)
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To: Outlaw Woman

videolan.org


3 posted on 12/06/2011 10:52:53 PM PST by yup2394871293
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To: Brad's Gramma

Hey you! :P

*snicker*


4 posted on 12/06/2011 10:53:43 PM PST by Outlaw Woman ( Hello, Hello...Remember me...I'm everything you can't control...)
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To: Outlaw Woman

Ummm, just pop in a DVD and it should launch Windows Media Player, then watch.


5 posted on 12/06/2011 10:53:45 PM PST by Musket (It's very simple:<i>your quoted text pasted here</i><p> produces Quoted Italic with paragraph break)
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To: Outlaw Woman
http://www.videolan.org/vlc/

It's free. Not perfect but pretty good.

6 posted on 12/06/2011 10:53:45 PM PST by TChad
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To: yup2394871293

Do you have personal experience with this download yup?


7 posted on 12/06/2011 10:55:49 PM PST by Outlaw Woman ( Hello, Hello...Remember me...I'm everything you can't control...)
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To: Outlaw Woman
Are you laughing at MOI?

MOI?

OK. Carry on... :)

8 posted on 12/06/2011 10:55:56 PM PST by Bradís Gramma (Keep the CHRIST in Christmas!!!)
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To: TChad

Yup. Videolan.


9 posted on 12/06/2011 10:56:47 PM PST by djf (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2801220/posts)
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To: Musket

If it were that easy I wouldn’t have posted this. I just keep getting an error message and it will not play.


10 posted on 12/06/2011 10:56:47 PM PST by Outlaw Woman ( Hello, Hello...Remember me...I'm everything you can't control...)
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To: Brad's Gramma
Not at...but with :)
11 posted on 12/06/2011 10:58:40 PM PST by Outlaw Woman ( Hello, Hello...Remember me...I'm everything you can't control...)
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To: Outlaw Woman

VLC

It’s free and excellent.

I recommend it most highly :-)


12 posted on 12/06/2011 11:02:34 PM PST by Bobalu (even Jesus knew the poor would always be with us)
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To: Outlaw Woman

Ya got MY number... Har!


13 posted on 12/06/2011 11:03:07 PM PST by Bradís Gramma (Keep the CHRIST in Christmas!!!)
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To: Brad's Gramma

I like your tagline...and I agree with the sentiment :-)


14 posted on 12/06/2011 11:05:10 PM PST by Bobalu (even Jesus knew the poor would always be with us)
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To: Bobalu

Thank you very much


15 posted on 12/06/2011 11:07:32 PM PST by Outlaw Woman ( Hello, Hello...Remember me...I'm everything you can't control...)
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To: Bobalu

And, yours, too!!!

(hi-jacking the thread for a sec)

Merry CHRISTmas! :)

(leaving the thread cuz I’m skeered of the poster)

LOL!!!


16 posted on 12/06/2011 11:08:02 PM PST by Bradís Gramma (Keep the CHRIST in Christmas!!!)
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To: Outlaw Woman

Here’s a Google search for “free dvd decoder for windows”.

http://www.google.com/#sclient=psy-ab&hl=en&source=hp&q=free+dvd+decoder+for+windows&pbx=1&oq=free+dvd+decoder+for+windows&aq=f&aqi=g4&aql=1&gs_sm=e&gs_upl=2175l4106l1l5392l13l11l0l0l0l5l217l1410l3.7.1l11l0&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.,cf.osb&fp=5a6e34a4f89b01ff&biw=1920&bih=1078


17 posted on 12/06/2011 11:09:55 PM PST by Paleo Conservative
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(leaving the thread cuz I’m skeered of the poster

you silly... :P

18 posted on 12/06/2011 11:10:04 PM PST by Outlaw Woman ( Hello, Hello...Remember me...I'm everything you can't control...)
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To: Paleo Conservative

Thank you PC!


19 posted on 12/06/2011 11:11:05 PM PST by Outlaw Woman ( Hello, Hello...Remember me...I'm everything you can't control...)
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To: Brad's Gramma

Merry CHRISTmas to you too :-)

No Xmas or Happy Holidays for me...


20 posted on 12/06/2011 11:19:23 PM PST by Bobalu (even Jesus knew the poor would always be with us)
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To: Outlaw Woman

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.


21 posted on 12/06/2011 11:20:49 PM PST by wita
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To: Outlaw Woman

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.


22 posted on 12/06/2011 11:21:21 PM PST by moviefan8
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To: wita

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.


23 posted on 12/06/2011 11:24:47 PM PST by Outlaw Woman ( Hello, Hello...Remember me...I'm everything you can't control...)
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To: moviefan8

Downloading it now. Thanks very much!


24 posted on 12/06/2011 11:39:26 PM PST by Outlaw Woman ( Hello, Hello...Remember me...I'm everything you can't control...)
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To: Outlaw Woman
GOM Player...its free...its easy to use...it has a LOT of features...and its free.
25 posted on 12/07/2011 12:10:02 AM PST by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus sum)
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To: Outlaw Woman

http://www.videolan.org/


26 posted on 12/07/2011 12:58:54 AM PST by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole...)
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To: Outlaw Woman

Ping you some advice later


27 posted on 12/07/2011 5:08:54 AM PST by erod (I've had enough hope for 4 years, it's time for a change.)
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To: erod

appreciate it...thx


28 posted on 12/07/2011 6:00:52 AM PST by Outlaw Woman ( Hello, Hello...Remember me...I'm everything you can't control...)
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To: Outlaw Woman

VLC

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.


29 posted on 12/07/2011 6:22:02 AM PST by Malsua
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I use vlc all the time. It’s open source.


30 posted on 12/07/2011 9:08:43 AM PST by yup2394871293
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To: Outlaw Woman

I use VLC as well ... additionally, it allows me to play DVDs from England, Hungary, and Australia without a problem.


31 posted on 12/07/2011 9:10:22 AM PST by BlueLancer (Secede?! Y'all better just be thankful we don't invade ...)
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To: Outlaw Woman

http://www.videolan.org


32 posted on 12/07/2011 12:29:07 PM PST by Arthur McGowan (In Edward Kennedy's America, federal funding of brothels is a right, not a privilege.)
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To: Musket

You’ve never actually tried this, have you?


33 posted on 12/07/2011 12:30:35 PM PST by Arthur McGowan (In Edward Kennedy's America, federal funding of brothels is a right, not a privilege.)
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To: Malsua

And runs iso files without having to mount them.


34 posted on 12/07/2011 12:31:05 PM PST by montyspython (This thread needs more cowbell)
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To: Malsua

And runs iso files without having to mount them.


35 posted on 12/07/2011 12:31:28 PM PST by montyspython (This thread needs more cowbell)
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To: Arthur McGowan; TChad; moviefan8; hosepipe; Malsua; yup2394871293; BlueLancer

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!


36 posted on 12/07/2011 6:07:15 PM PST by Outlaw Woman ( Hello, Hello...Remember me...I'm everything you can't control...)
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To: Outlaw Woman

Are you sure that your DVD drive is drive D? If so, there might be a problem with you DVD drive.


37 posted on 12/07/2011 6:17:09 PM PST by yup2394871293
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To: Outlaw Woman
Ignore the error message. Start VLC Media Player, Click Media > Open Disc. Select DVD and click Play.

If that fails, try another DVD. If that fails, it will be time to start testing the drive to see if it is bad.

38 posted on 12/07/2011 6:21:54 PM PST by TChad
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To: yup2394871293

Yes it’s drive D. CDs play fine in the drive.

I knew this was too good to be true lol :(


39 posted on 12/07/2011 6:23:06 PM PST by Outlaw Woman ( Hello, Hello...Remember me...I'm everything you can't control...)
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To: Outlaw Woman

See 38.


40 posted on 12/07/2011 6:38:23 PM PST by yup2394871293
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To: TChad

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.


41 posted on 12/07/2011 7:02:00 PM PST by Outlaw Woman ( Hello, Hello...Remember me...I'm everything you can't control...)
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Is the DVD scratched? The data is on the label side, not the clear side.

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.

42 posted on 12/07/2011 7:13:31 PM PST by TChad
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To: Outlaw Woman

[ ‘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..


43 posted on 12/07/2011 7:18:03 PM PST by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole...)
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To: TChad

I have one DVD...will borrow one tomorrow. Thanks T for your suggestions


44 posted on 12/07/2011 7:20:45 PM PST by Outlaw Woman ( Hello, Hello...Remember me...I'm everything you can't control...)
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To: Outlaw Woman

If your computer is that age it’s probably a CD player, not a DVD player. CD players will not play DVDs.


45 posted on 12/07/2011 7:26:32 PM PST by Richard Kimball (Proud member of the Keepers Of Odd Knowledge (KOOK))
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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)


46 posted on 12/07/2011 7:29:34 PM PST by Outlaw Woman ( Hello, Hello...Remember me...I'm everything you can't control...)
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To: Outlaw Woman

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.


47 posted on 12/07/2011 7:35:58 PM PST by Richard Kimball (Proud member of the Keepers Of Odd Knowledge (KOOK))
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To: Outlaw Woman

Your computer must have a DVD drive. It cannot be done otherwise.


48 posted on 12/07/2011 7:36:19 PM PST by AppyPappy (If you really want to annoy someone, point out something obvious that they are trying hard to ignore)
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To: Outlaw Woman

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.


49 posted on 12/07/2011 7:38:48 PM PST by TChad
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To: Outlaw Woman

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.


50 posted on 12/07/2011 7:41:42 PM PST by Richard Kimball (Proud member of the Keepers Of Odd Knowledge (KOOK))
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