WinDVD 8 audio problems with Vista / more Vista bullshit to deal with

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by invader, May 16, 2007.

  1. invader

    invader Guest

    All I want to do is view a goddamn VOB file on my pc. This is something I
    used to do frequently and with little stress under XP. It appears to be
    nearly impossible in Vista.

    First I try windows media player, which is supposed to play media files,
    right? Of course not. It issues some bogus error: "Windows Media Player
    cannot play DVD video. You might need to adjust your Windows display
    settings. Open display settings in Control Panel, and then try lowering your
    screen resolution and color quality settings."

    I'm already running the latest video drivers and WMP plays everything but VOB
    files, so this warning message sounds suspiciously wrong. I do some googling
    and learn that most people are encountering this error because Microsoft
    opted to not pay the DVD licensing fees to include a DVD decoder in Vista
    Business. I don't know if that's correct or not; it's really beyond the scope
    of what I want to deal with today. I just want it to play a video file, a
    task that was very simple under XP.

    So I give up on this turd of a media player (as I have several times in the
    past, only to end up reverting back to it because nearly everyhing else is
    incompatible with Vista) and start looking for a decent media player.

    So the next thing I try is Intervideo WinDvd8, which claims to be Vista
    compatible (Hoorah!). It even loads up and displays the VOB file on the
    screen, rendering it properly (despite Vista's claims that there is a display
    resolution issue). At least now we've proven we have the right codecs to
    decode the video.

    However, now there's no goddamn sound. I try every possible permutation of
    the WinDVD 8 sound options and nothing will get the software to emit any
    sound. I even crank up the volume really really loud (so every time I click a
    web page in IE it sounds the someone just slammed a door). Nope. No sound
    whatsoever. No error messages, nothing.

    So, to make a long story short, does anyone know how to [short of
    uninstalling Vista and reverting to a sensible OS like XP] do one of the

    a) Get the WinDVD 8 to play audio

    b) Get the WMP to play VOB files and stop issuing stupid misleading errors

    c) Recommend a decent media player that works with Vista.
    invader, May 16, 2007
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