Can't get WMP11b2 to recognize / play DVD

Discussion in 'Windows Media Player' started by Rob Lindauer, Oct 4, 2006.

  1. Rob Lindauer

    Rob Lindauer Guest

    Perhaps someone can guide me on this one....

    I'm running an IBM ThinkPad T40 with XP Pro SP2.

    When I put a DVD in the drive, there is some brief drive activity (light
    goes on, some sporadic "drive motor" noises), but XP does not prompt for
    action to take, nor does the player start.

    I used to be able to run DVDs (using "Windows Media Player Classic" from
    Sourceforge), but recently it stopped working. WMP (I'm now on WMP11b2)
    itself never worked for DVDs, because I (until last night) had not
    obtained a DVD decoder for it.

    I'm not sure what caused DVD recognition / playback to stop working. I
    did install / uninstall Quicktime a couple weeks back, if that may have
    something to do with it. I'm not sure when the DVD stopped working, so
    I don't want to do a system restore (the restore point would be too far
    in the past).

    I just purchased a DVD decoder (InterVideo) for Windows Media Player
    (WMP11b2), but that didn't resolve the problem.

    When I run the MS "Windows XP Video Decoder Checkup Utility," it shows
    the InterVideo decoder as the installed, available, and preferred decoder.

    The CD/DVD drive properties are set to prompt for action when a DVD is
    inserted. WMP is one of the choices (as is InterVideo WinDVD, but not
    Media Player Classic).

    I've traded CD/DVD drives with a co-worker, have the same result with
    each, so I believe there's no drive HW problem.

    Any idea what I need to do to get DVD playback working on this machine?

    Rob Lindauer, Oct 4, 2006
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    REFernandez Guest

    REFernandez, Oct 5, 2006
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    Rob Lindauer Guest

    Hi, R.E.

    mplayer2 starts OK - but I don't think it supports DVD playback, am I
    right? In any case, I don't see an open to open a DVD within it.

    dxdiag - stated "no problem" on the bottom of each tab. I didn't run
    any tests with it - which tests do you recommend I run?

    Thank you for helping. Regards, Rob L
    Rob Lindauer, Oct 5, 2006
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    REFernandez Guest

    REFernandez, Oct 5, 2006
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    Rob Lindauer Guest

    It passed the tests -RL
    Rob Lindauer, Oct 5, 2006
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