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WMP 12 problem

by jcinar / January 14, 2011 11:06 PM PST

Sorry if this has been addressed but I didn't find it after a search. I can't play many commercial DVDs with WMP 12 because I get the following error: "WMP cannot play this DVD because it is not possible to turn on analog copy protection on the output display...."

The message also suggests to download the latest driver. I am running a new HP computer, Windows 7 64 bit and have all the newest drivers. The DVDs will play with VLC media player so I have the proper codecs. These DVDs will play on my other computer with WMP 11 and Windows XP.

An internet search shows that this is a fairly common problem but I couldn't find a solution. Microsoft's web site addresses this error but it says it occurs when using more than one monitor with different resolution settings which I am not doing.

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I may be wrong
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / January 15, 2011 3:50 AM PST
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WMP does play DVDs
by jcinar / January 16, 2011 9:43 PM PST
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as long as you have the codecs for the video type installed on your computer. I believe most of the DVDs are MPEG2 or MPEG4.

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by samkh / January 17, 2011 12:16 AM PST
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does play DVD discs when the proper codecs are installed, e.g. if PowerDVD or any other commercial DVD player is installed, they install the disc codecs and WMP12 is then good to go. Without disc codecs, WMP12 can only play DVD files (not discs).

For W7, since WMC plays DVDs without additional codecs why not use it?

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 15, 2011 8:32 AM PST
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And it turned out to be a video card issue. Let me share the video card was from a bargain bin from a company that dealt with fire sales and failed company inventories. It turns out the card was indeed missing NTSC/PAL Video Encoder with Macrovision? Copy Protection feature.

So while everything else worked, DVD playback with WMP was never possible.

Since VLC Player worked, I used that card till I moved to a newer laptop.

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by jcinar / January 16, 2011 9:41 PM PST

I have an NVIDIA GeForce 6150SE nForce 430 video card that came with my HP Pavilion computer. I also have the latest drivers for this. It is a better card than what I have on my laptop which will play the DVDs with WMP 11.

One other thing, one of the video DVDs that wouldn't play was not copy protected and if I copied it to my hard drive it would then play with WMP.

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Cool error.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 17, 2011 4:58 PM PST
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This points to either a hardware failure or an OS that was reinstalled but the owner forgot some motherboard or video driver.

The copy to the HDD is interesting. We don't have DOCUMENTATION about this but there was someone that commented to me that the Macrovision feature was bypassed when content was played from HDD!


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