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#1 Chris4835


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Posted 23 October 2008 - 03:09 PM

Having had no success in reinstalling the corrupt hal. dll file. I put in another hard drive and installed a new Widows XP home edition. Works great, except, I added a DVD-ROM drive to the computer. But it will not play any DVDs, with the Windows 9 media player. Says I need a compatible DVD decoder.

Shouldn't that be part of Windows XP? After all most computers now days come with only DVD drives.

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Posted 23 October 2008 - 04:48 PM

You probably need to install some codecs. You could try installing something like the K-Lite Codec Pack.
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Posted 24 October 2008 - 09:37 AM

Thanks Budapest. You are a great help. So I downloaded the Codec pack 4.2.5 STANDARD. After installing it my DVD did not play with Windows 9 media player. It said it encountered an error and will close.

Then I tried the 321 media player classic, I guess it came with this download. But I got the same error message. Then I downloaded the free VLC player 0.9.4 and installed it. At first I got the same error message again. But after a few tries it played one of my DVDs just fine.

Actually I think it is a great DVD player. As one can speed-up plying, just like with VCR tapes. And one can easily toggle to play in full screen mode. But unfortunately when I tried another DVD the video and sound were all broken up. Then I tried playing disk one, of two, but got the same error as above. But disk 2 played just fine.

Now this brings me to my question: Should I maybe had downloaded a higher Codec pack? Or what? I don't want to do any fancy stuff at all. All I want to do is to insert the DVD and it starts playing.

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