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Win7 Media Center stopped working for playing DVD videos

by jrfoleyjr / February 12, 2013 7:21 AM PST

My Win7 desktop with 19 inch flat screen monitor used to play dvds fine but lately it will not open the dvds, nothing no response.

[1] The DVD drive is Ok, I tested it in another computer.
[2] The dvd disc is ok, played fine in that drive in other computer.
[3] Music cds play ok in Media Center using the dvd drive.
[4] I installed VLC player to see if I could play the dvd. DOES NOT WORK with VLC player either.

Obviously something has gotten hosed in my Win7 installation but I dont know what to look for. HELP!!!

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The clue is VLC PLAYER.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 12, 2013 7:31 AM PST
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Please Explain: How is VLC player the clue here?
by jrfoleyjr / February 13, 2013 8:23 AM PST

Did you skip immediately to step 4 in my question above??

If you read the progression of steps I took to try to trouble shoot this, VLC player was installed AFTER and did not work either... some clue huh? This is a trouble in Win7 someplace and I was inquiring as to what to look at in Win7, not a LINUX solution.

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All the items added up but #4 clinched it.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 13, 2013 8:39 AM PST

We need to test if there is some hardware issue in play. Did you complete the test?

It's just a test. It is to see if the hardware is still OK. Once in a while a member will not do such tests. Then we get to fall back to reinstall the OS and if that doesn't work, it's the hardware. The method I use is nearly free and we can get the test done in a few minutes.

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Reading comprehension testing
by jrfoleyjr / February 13, 2013 1:49 PM PST

Don't you just hate it when a situation is described with steps taken already listed, then the question asked gets answered with a question that was already answered in the original text?

[1] The DVD drive was tested in another computer and played dvd movies in the drive in the other computer.

[2] I determined that since my question would only be answered with a question, I reinstalled Win7 and it works again.

Thanks... I think?!?!

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I was trying to avoid reinstalling.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 14, 2013 12:06 AM PST

But before we go done the road to try to fix the playback in the OS we test to be sure there is not a hardware issue. You tested the drive but what if there is something else in the PC amiss?

It appears you needed someone with a better or working crystal ball.

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