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Argh, I can't watch DVDs now!

by jefske14 / July 17, 2006 10:12 AM PDT

I bought a Dell laptop awhile ago and I was able to watch DVDs on it just fine. Then, one day, I started uninstalling some of the annoying bloatware that came with the computer. I must have uninstalled part of my built-in DVD software (Sonic is the company that makes it), because now whenever I play DVDs with Media Center or Windows Media Player it tells me my "DVD decoder" is missing or malfunctioning.

I can't seem to find how to reinstall this stuff. Anyone have any recommendations for a good DVD decoder? (A free one would probably be best.) I'm going to need one before tomorrow.

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by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / July 17, 2006 10:26 AM PDT
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by Willy / July 17, 2006 12:16 PM PDT

Dell provides CDs with all thier s/w at purchase of the extra s/w besides OS. You need to search your desk, etc. and find them. If you're just missing 1-2 files, then google for them, many times, such files are available. There decoder s/w bundles that are generic in nature may help too, google for such. If the MS media player itself is hosed, just find it at MS support webstite(download center) and d/l the version you have and re-install it.

tada -----Willy Happy

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