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#1 Darren De Wilde

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Posted 22 March 2006 - 10:45 AM

Do you need a dvd burner to play [u]dvd's?

Is there available software that can play regional dvd's?

Thanks for your input.
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Posted 22 March 2006 - 12:48 PM

Hey Darren De Wilde

I'm not sure if the first question came out like you meant it to but no, there is no need for a dvd burner to play DVD's, you can easily use a program like Windows Media Player.
DVD discs contain Regional Codes which can be used to prevent the playback of certain discs depending upon the area it is played in.
There are a few programs available which play any format of DVD movie. A simple google search for "play all region DVD", brings up a number of possible programs you could try, but i cannot guaruntee their functionability.

David

#3 Darren De Wilde

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Posted 22 March 2006 - 01:30 PM

Thank you for your reply David,

I was trying to play a UK region DVD and it appeared that there was no disc in the drive. I guess I dont currently have software to recognize it. I'll have a look around.

Thanks again,
Darren

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Posted 22 March 2006 - 01:48 PM

You will find a lot of infomation on google, but i'm not sure how legal/valid it all is.
Here is an excellent link, with lots of links to sites where you can find out more:
http://computer.howstuffworks.com/question474.htm

Also, here is the Microsoft link over the issue:
http://www.microsoft.com/whdc/archive/DVDregion.mspx

Hope this helps.
David

p.s. I've had a thought --> Do you own a PS2 or Xbox?

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Posted 22 March 2006 - 02:16 PM

it might be the dvd drive has been locked to your region. isnt there 3 attempts to change it before it locks to the last chose?

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Posted 22 March 2006 - 02:41 PM

Thank you again for your replies and help. I hoped to be able to use some kind of software to play the DVD, not realising that the driv must be able to read DVD's..I only have a cd burner not a DVD burner.

Thanks again for your help...the ps2 will play the disc but the TV system doesnt match..oh well..nervermind..I'll live for now.

Thanks again.

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Posted 22 March 2006 - 02:44 PM

Yes, i had an incling you might have a PS2. Well a DVD drive would be a good investment, but if you can live with the PS2 for now you'll be saving some money!
David

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Posted 23 March 2006 - 03:01 PM

maybe a multi region dvd player would work better than the ps2?




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