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    my laptop wnt play dvds

    trying to play dvds on my laptop and it says i dont have a compatible codec or decoder installed so i searched web and downloaded a codec and now it says my it cant play due to my scren resolution even though ive chaged to every resolution can ayone help me sort it out

    im using vista and win media 11

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    Original Poster

    tried that and its not playing them through there either

    Original Poster

    yes they work fine and mp4s do

    Tried installing an old version of windows media player?

    But as dcx said ...vlc.

    Its never not worked for me either.

    dcx_badass

    Install vlc player, is free and can do them, can basically play any video … Install vlc player, is free and can do them, can basically play any video file out there. http://www.videolan.org/vlc/



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    Original Poster

    when i play it through the little bar gos across but theres no pictures

    jamespir

    when i play it through the little bar gos across but theres no pictures



    VLC plays through its own CODECs so I doubt there is a CODEC issue here. If you have ATI video card, try changing the video preset from Custom to Home. If you are using nVidia there will be a similar setting but I can't remember it. What appears to be happening is that the video playback is being directed to an extended output (a secondary monitor which may not be there). Also in VLC, go to the settings and find Extended GUI and uncheck the Video Clone option. Also, look for Overlay options in your graphics card settings (eg. ATI Catalyst, nVidia Control Panel) and try VMR7 or VMR9. These settings are based on memory as I don't have a system at the moment to provide the exact settings. Effectively look for settings to play back video on your main monitor and not to an extended output (whether it is connected or not) and also apply VMR7 or VMR9 overlay.

    A System Restore may reset your VLC, graphics card settings to a point in which DVD playback will be enabled on your main monitor (if those settings are stored in the registry) but be aware that System Restore may render installed software SUBSEQUENT to the restore date to be inoperable so they would need to be reinstalled again.

    download this it will sort your codec issues out hope this helps mucker.

    scottydont

    download this it will sort your codec issues out hope this helps mucker.



    VLC plays through its own CODECs. Downloading extra CODECs makes no difference to VLC playback, although it may solve Media Player's issues since MP relies on installed CODECs but even after downloading, MP may be required to point to the installed CODEC since by default it is set to use the indigenous Windows MPEG2 CODEC.

    If there is no video in VLC the issue is a setting within VLC or the graphics card settings, not CODEC. Anyhow, since MP does use a perfectly good CODEC by default, it is not a good idea to repeatedly install new CODECs and MP and other players will not usually use them unless either they have been set to do so or if they were not pointing at any CODECs originally.

    I don't know how ffdShow works but if this has been installed, try uninstalling it. I know ffdShow can be configured to use its own CODEC for MP but I'm not sure if it can manipulate VLC's own CODEC.
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