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problems with reinstalling windows dvd drivers

by djetude / July 9, 2009 2:36 AM PDT

i have windows xp on my dell laptop (xps m1210) i reinstalled windows and installed all the drivers but i can not get the dvd player to recagnize a dvd. it will play cds and burn cd's but it wont play a dvd. it gives me this messege instead...Windows Media Player cannot play the DVD because a compatible DVD decoder is not installed on your computer. but i installed all the ones i should need and now i dont know where my install disc is. can you help me get the correct driver installed please (or is it another problem)

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That's a CoDec, not a driver
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / July 9, 2009 2:43 AM PDT

You will need to research what Codec that DVD uses.

CoDec, Compression/Decompression, used to compress video files and then the same codec is used by the player to 'decompress' the file as it is played.

GSpot may help, although I am not sure it identifies DVD's.
GSpot Codec Information Appliance.


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On your Dell supplemental CD.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 9, 2009 2:44 AM PDT

Install the DVD player software.

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PS. Alternative player.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 9, 2009 2:46 AM PDT
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I fixd the problem
by djetude / July 9, 2009 8:33 AM PDT

Thanx so much for all yer help..much apreciated

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Glad you got it fixed, but
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / July 9, 2009 8:23 PM PDT
In reply to: I fixd the problem

How? The information may help others who have similar problems.


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Solution for: compatible DVD decoder is not installed
by acarwile / July 18, 2009 8:50 AM PDT

I had the same issue, where my newly reinstalled Dell Latitude D620 would not play movies. After following instructions on Dell's site, to reinstall Windows XP, to reinstall a handful of drivers to get display and ethernet networking working, and then to install the remaining drivers from the Dell site... Then I found I could not play dvd movies in the cd/dvd rom drive.

Dell rep told me to find the Roxio Power DVD disc, which I do not have. The codec software on that disc is NOT on the OS reinstall disk or on the Dell drivers disc and it is not mentioned in the reinstall instructions. I did not have the discs, so Dell shipped them to me, but not the Roxio Power DVD disc.

Dell support rep instructed me to use VLC player, at this link:
I installed this (vlc 1.0.0 final) and then inserted a dvd movie. Worked great. I chose to check the checkbox so Windows would always use the vlc player to play DVD Movies.

The user above recommended a different codec or player. My impression is that there are many options one could choose from.

The Dell reinstall procedure should be updated to show this information.

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