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old-wos-is-name | 18:24 Tue 13th Dec 2011 | Technology
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Hi All.
I am using windows media player to try to play a dvd, but although it seems to go through the load up bit, and shows a still shot from the dvd and the length of running time, and the fast forward, pause, stop etc. bar is on display at the bottom of the screen, it will not actually play the dvd, it just comes up with a black screen. any ideas?

thanks,
alf.

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Yes ..

You need either the codecs installing to play DVD files (MPEG-2 and audio) or install Classic Media Player ... 6.4.9.1 version here ..
http://www.free-codec..._Classic_download.htm

or VLC player .. here .. 1.1.1 version ..
http://www.free-codec...VideoLAN_download.htm

If you don't want to install extra program and use up...
18:31 Tue 13th Dec 2011
Yes ..

You need either the codecs installing to play DVD files (MPEG-2 and audio) or install Classic Media Player ... 6.4.9.1 version here ..
http://www.free-codec..._Classic_download.htm

or VLC player .. here .. 1.1.1 version ..
http://www.free-codec...VideoLAN_download.htm

If you don't want to install extra program and use up space... I'll direct you to the codecs to enable WMP to play them.
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Hi Albags,
Magic. I loaded classic media player, it took no time at all, put a dvd in and it works perfectly, beautiful picture. thank you very much indeed.
alf.
No problem!

If I were you, I would turn off ALL the file extensions in Windows Media Player
(Tools/Options/Filetypes) and de-select them all.
Then open Classic Media Player and View/Options/Formats

Check them all, except for CD Audio, mp3 & audio file .. unless you don't want to bother at all with WMP (many tech's dont!) In that case leave them all checked, then Classic Player will be used for everything.
Check the auto play boxes on that tab too .. whichever type you wish it to autoplay discs.

Al.
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Hi Al,

Should i use only media player for cd's ( I have loaded some personal music stuff into the library option) and use classic for all the dvd stuff, or can I transfer the library of cd music to classic?
Thanks,
alf.
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No .. you can't use a library ..
That is one reason I asked. Just leave the CD and mp3, aiff, au .. audio files unchecked then (and leave Windows Media Audio, Music CD, Windows Audio, mp3, AIFF, AU checked in WMP)

That should sort it!
A.
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Who (apart from you) would pay for a software DVD player? Eh?

Crap. : )

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