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No Sound From Dvd Movies (windows Xp)


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#1 Shoban Sen

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Posted 16 December 2007 - 10:31 PM

I use Windows XP Media Center 2005. My computer is Dell XPS
410 (loaded with features). I used to see DVD movies in my computer
all the time. But I didn't use my computer to see DVD movies for
some time. Today, when I tried to show a movie to my grandchild
using my computer, I discovered we could only see the video (picture),
but there is no sound. I tried all the usual things, but without success.
Of course, I checked to see if the speakers are turned on, increased
the volume, etc.

My DVD disk is OK. It plays fine on a regular DVD player. The computer's
DVD drive plays audio CDs okay. To me it seems there is a problem
with the audio decoder. But I don't know how to find out what decoder
or codec I have in my computer and whether it has become corrupted
or an upgrade is necessary, etc.

I have 3 known DVD players in my computer -- Windows Media Center,
Windows Media Player (latest version), and Sonic Cine Player (probably
version 3). I tried all 3 to see the DVD movie. All three are showing the
pictures, but no sound. Just silent movie. Funny, I am not getting any
error messages from any of these players. So I have no clue.


By the way, I have not changed/installed anything new in my computer
except upgraded to Norton Internet Security from 2007 to 2008, upgraded
the Adobe Acrobat from the previous version to 2007, and the Windows XP
regular updates. Oh yes, I have installed Winzip about a year ago (whatever
version) and WebEx Recorder & Player, and Corel Paint Shop Pro XI. But
I don't think any of these has got anything to do with my current problem of
not hearing sound when playing back DVD movies. My computer otherwise
has no problem, and I try to keep everything up to date.

Can anybody help me please? My strong hunch is it is the audio decoder
that is causing the problem. But how to check the audio decoder and how
to fix it?
~Shoban Sen~
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#2 DaChew

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Posted 17 December 2007 - 12:45 AM

Sounds like something ruined the 5.1 sound playback, which is what most movie audio streams are? Audio cd's use stereo.

I would suspect some weird codec installed with that webex player, I try to stay away from off the wall/noname software

Investigate further.
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#3 Shoban Sen

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Posted 17 December 2007 - 12:31 PM

I was thinking in the same line. May be the WebEx player is the culprit. It was offered for installation by Google. I wanted to attend one of their Web conferences (which I eventually didn't). Since it was offered for installation by Google, I thought the software was reliable.

Anyway, do you think if I uninstall it, my problem may be resolved? I do not use that software in any case. I had installed it at the spur of the moment. Please advice.
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Posted 17 December 2007 - 12:54 PM

I am not so sure that Windows Media Player 11 wouldn't be partly to blame, I have not had very good luck with it.

By all means uninstall the WebEx software, Dell's sonic software isn't all that great either

I use WMP10 a little, nero showtime and powerdvd are my main players, and for those hard to play exotic files I use media player classic

For a codec pack I use ffdshow which seems to upgrade the direct show/directx capabilities of windows the best.

Getting all these softwares to work is as much luck as skill it would seem.

http://www.free-codecs.com/download/FFDShow.htm

I have used the ace and klite codec packs and others and finally got tired of reloading my video computers
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Posted 17 December 2007 - 08:44 PM

Okay, Chewy. Good news. I have solved the problem with help from another forum. I downloaded AC3Filter (1.46 Installer) from http://ac3filter.net/, installed the program by double-clicking on it, then re-started the computer. When the computer started again, I just inserted the DVD disk on the drive. Voila! The movie started playing WITH SOUND. The entire procedure took me about 5-6 minutes. I have tried all three DVD players in my computer. Each one is playing the movie WITH SOUND.

I am posting the solution here for the benefit of other forum members who might encounter the same problem in the future.
Happy ending. Now let me enjoy the movie. I hope the movie has a happy ending too.
~Shoban Sen~
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Posted 21 August 2009 - 02:45 PM

Okay, Chewy. Good news. I have solved the problem with help from another forum. I downloaded AC3Filter (1.46 Installer) from http://ac3filter.net/, installed the program by double-clicking on it, then re-started the computer. When the computer started again, I just inserted the DVD disk on the drive. Voila! The movie started playing WITH SOUND. The entire procedure took me about 5-6 minutes. I have tried all three DVD players in my computer. Each one is playing the movie WITH SOUND.

I am posting the solution here for the benefit of other forum members who might encounter the same problem in the future.
Happy ending. Now let me enjoy the movie. I hope the movie has a happy ending too.



Thank you SO much, Shoban!
That worked liked a Charm- actually BETTER than one!
Now I can watch "Vendetta" again on my computer!

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