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Playing Pal Format Region 2 Dvds


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#1 pattirose

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Posted 20 October 2006 - 11:24 PM

Hi everyone,
I live in Canada and want to buy and hopefully view a couple dvds that aren't available this side of the pond. I read somewhere that PAL format - region 2 dvds will play in any computer that plays dvds. I'm just wondering if this is true before I spend $80. on these dvds?
I have a Sony Vaio PCG-GRS750 and Windows XP that plays dvds but doesn't burn them - if that makes a difference. Thanks

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Posted 21 October 2006 - 07:20 AM

unlike the television computers are blinkered by zones, the problem will be codexes, here is a free player that reads most stuff exceptt for real player, (which would be better to use 'real alternative')

vlc
http://www.videolan.org/vlc/

Edited by fleamailman, 21 October 2006 - 07:21 AM.

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Posted 21 October 2006 - 11:51 AM

Great, I already have that installed. I just wanted to be sure I'd be able to watch these dvds. I read somewhere there is a limited (like 4-5) number of times a computer will be able to play them. I have gotten alot of conflicting info but common sense tells me with all the technology out there it has to be possible, somehow. Is there not a cable I can buy also to see my laptop screen on my tv?
Thanks a million.




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