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Connecting DVD Player to Laptop

by DominiRican05 / June 11, 2005 4:49 AM PDT


I was wondering is there any way that I can connect my DVD player to my laptop?


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Connecting is easy. But what do you want it to do?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 11, 2005 5:52 AM PDT

Read DVD data disks?
Play a movie?
Supply power to the DVD player so it runs off the laptop battery?

Tell a bit more please.


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I want to play a DVD
by DominiRican05 / June 11, 2005 6:26 AM PDT

Hi Bob,

I want to connect the DVD Player to the laptop so I can watch DVDs on my laptop. Happy

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Try a TV or capture card or device.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 11, 2005 6:44 AM PDT
In reply to: I want to play a DVD

ATI and other companies make both PC-Card and USB TV/Capture cards so you can connect the DVD video output and watch the content.

However, an USB 2.0 DVD drive could be about the same amount of dollars so price it out first. Also noteworthy is that for under 89 bucks (I paid that much and it is now cheaper) I replaced my laptop's internal drive with a nice DVD/CDRW drive.


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My laptop has a DVD drive but it acts up.
by DominiRican05 / June 11, 2005 6:57 AM PDT

Thank you for the advice. Happy My laptop actually has a DVD/CDRW Drive but I think it may need replacing. It has difficulty handling certain DVDs. Although it will play them the drive gets overheated and makes a rumbling noise. But those DVDs work fine on my DVD players. The DVDs that give it a hard time are non-region encoded and they are DVD-Rom compatible so I don't know what the problem could be.

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 11, 2005 7:24 AM PDT

1. A CD/DVD lens cleaner thing. Sometimes helps.
2. How long has it been since you dusted the laptop internals out? Many never have.

3. Again, some external DVD drive on USB 2.0 could be cheaper...

Best of luck,


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Thank you!
by DominiRican05 / June 11, 2005 7:46 AM PDT
In reply to: Try..

I'll be sure to try those. Thanks!

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