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Seeking shareware DVD player


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#1 Number_6

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Posted 26 September 2011 - 03:39 PM

I'm looking for recommendations for a free DVD player for my Win XP Pro desktop--preferably software that will not ask to install some "free" "goodie".

Details: I'm using Win XP Pro. My version of wmplayer.exe is shown as 63K (this is surely a launcher that launches other software, and not the actual software that plays a DVD) and is dated 10/19/2006.

On *some* DVDs, when I put them into the DVD drive, they launch a box that has the title of the DVD at the top, and that gives me 3 options: play the DVD, take no action, or Open Folder to View Files. (This happens on 2 DVDs with old B+W movies).

On more recent DVDs, when I put the disk into the drive, the disk wants to install some software on my machine, because the first thing that happens is that my firewall software (COMODO) pops up a warning; when I tell it to put the software into the Sandbox (which appears to quarantine it), the next thing that happens is that a box pops up with some information about installing some software HOTLLAMA).

On other DVDs, I can launch Windoze media player, but it cannot locate the proper codec for the DVD.

So I'm seeking:

1. Recommendations for reliable, hnest software (free or shareware) to play DVDs.
2. A good general discussion of this situation.

Edited by hamluis, 26 September 2011 - 05:25 PM.
Moved from XP to Audio/Video Software.


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#2 Capn Easy

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Posted 27 September 2011 - 09:10 PM

I think VLC will do what you want.

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Posted 28 September 2011 - 07:34 AM

Yes.

Also Mplayer Classic, with FFdshow.

http://www.videohelp.com/tools/Media-Player-Classic

http://www.videohelp.com/tools/ffdshow

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Posted 28 September 2011 - 08:05 AM

Tnx, Cap'n and 12X48y...will look into them.

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Posted 30 September 2011 - 09:38 AM

A followup: the VLC software works very nicely, at least on another DVD However, I am still having a problem with a DVD, and this problem is new and puzzling to me.

Briefly: I have a commercial DVD made perhaps 3-4 years ago. It plays nicely in my conventional, stand-alone DVD player, which was made probably 10 years ago.

When I insert this DVD into my DVD drive, even after installing Videolan, this DVD still wants to install some software (HOTLLAMA) in order to play the DVD. Of course, I decline.

The thing that's got me puzzled is that I cannot even click on the drive icon to get a listing of the files on this DVD. When I do click on the icon, I get the same message about installing the HOTLLAMA software!

What gives? How is this disk set up such that I cannot even open Explorer to see what files are there? And how can I get around that?

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Posted 30 September 2011 - 10:08 PM

Do you have AutoPlay enabled, on that drive?
If so, disable it, and that should allow you to explore the disk.
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Posted 01 October 2011 - 10:45 AM

ARGH!!!!!! Of course! I knew that--but it's been so long since I last played with that, I'd forgotten. Thank you.

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Posted 01 October 2011 - 09:44 PM

You're quite welcome.
It's always the simple things, that get you. :)
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