DVD won't play... which decoder WinDVD, PowerDVD?

Discussion in 'Windows Media Center' started by Bill Lorin, Dec 26, 2004.

  1. Bill Lorin

    Bill Lorin Guest

    I recently upgraded to MCE 2005 (I upgraded hardware first, i.e. video card,
    etc. and all worked fine under MCE 2004.

    The upgrade to 2005 went terrificly smooth. DVD burning in MCE works really
    great. However, suddenly DVD movies won't play. Just black screen. But same
    DVD's play fine OUTSIDE MCE under WinXP interface using any number of
    players like WinDVD, PowerDVD, etc.

    When I first built my MCE 2003 system, I went through this until I found
    that WinDVD worked the best under MCE. So when this new problem arose after
    the upgrade, I reinstalled WinDVD but it did not fix the problem.

    Any clues?

    Bill Lorin, Dec 26, 2004
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    Terry Walsh Guest

    Terry Walsh, Dec 26, 2004
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  3. Bill Lorin

    Bill Lorin Guest

    Downloaded and ran that as you suggested. It said that I had WinDVD 5.3.XX
    and PowerDVD, and it said both were good. I even changed WinDVD to the
    preferred one. Still same effect.

    It's sort of strange. I can launch either PowerDVD or WinDVD from the
    regular WinXP interface and watch DVD movies just fine. But when under the
    MCE shell, just black screen or sometimes it gets hung.

    Any other ideas? I think I might try uninstalling WinDVD (which I had to pay
    like $60 for) and maybe reinstall. Is there a version 6 I can upgrade to, as
    long as I'm throwing darts at the wall.

    Bill Lorin, Dec 27, 2004
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    Terry Walsh Guest

    Hi Bill

    Good news, yes, there is a version 6 of WinDVD and better still, it has a
    free trial so you can check it out and see if it does the job. You can d/l
    from here: http://www.intervideo.com/jsp/WinDVD_Download.jsp

    It's also worth checking out the Nvidia decoder, which many people on hee
    have had success with. This is a little cheaper than WinDVD and also has a
    free trial : http://www.nvidia.com/object/dvd_decoder.html

    Hope this clears the problem up for you. Let us know how you get on.

    Terry Walsh, Dec 27, 2004
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    macstre Guest


    The new Nvidia DVD decoder is EXCELLENT. I had the same exact problem as
    you, installed the trial version from the nvidia website and it's working
    great (better picture and sound than before I think).
    macstre, Jan 5, 2005
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