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can I play a dvd on a dell latitude D630 laptop?

February 17, 2014 at 23:12:32
Specs: Windows 7

How can I play a dvd on a Dell Latitude D630 computer laptop? I can play a musical disc but not a dvd. The dvd is ntsc which plays on most PAL systems.

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#1
February 18, 2014 at 00:18:24

NTSC and PAL are different systems.

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#2
February 18, 2014 at 04:57:52

What happens when you attempt to play a DVD? Most likely it's just a codec problem. Make sure you have the latest graphics drivers installed. And try using VLC Player rather than Windows Media Player.

http://www.videolan.org/vlc/index.html


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#3
February 18, 2014 at 14:21:19

It depends what optical drive you ordered with that laptop. You had the following choices:
24X CD-ROM
8X DVD-ROM11
24X CDRW/DVD
8X DVD+/-RW
If you ordered it with the 24X CD-ROM, you won't be able to play DVD's.

Specs - http://www.dell.com/downloads/ap/pr...


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#4
February 18, 2014 at 16:10:37

Yikes, I didn't even consider that it might not have a DVD drive.

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#5
February 18, 2014 at 16:36:16

Presumably you're in the UK as you refer to ntsc playing on a pal system?

"All" my assorted computers - Dell (tres olde Dimension); elderly/olde Acer Aspire, new Macs… will play any DVD regardless of the video standard on the disc. I have not imported any special codec to do this; other than install say Power DVD (often bundled with things like Nero); and the usually bundled windows media player has never had any problems... Likewise the Mac systems will play pal and ntsc with no trouble at all; be they movies from wherever, or locally (UK) recorded (on my Panasonic recorder) - with no special installs of codecs etc..

It does sound a little as though you "may" have a CDROM (or CDRW) only; not a combo (CD/DVD) unit - which will play and burn both CD and DVD. If you do have a combo unit - which is still pretty well standard installation these days - possibly you do need a codec or a suitable player software; though I would have expected it to be there as part of the basic installation...

"riider's" suggestion may be worth investigating further…?

btw… All current DVD players (and recorder/players (the style that connect to a tv) will play both ntsc and pal; and have done so for a few years now. Most are made in China or Korea and "they" decided a long time ago that all models would play both standards ntsc/pal - regardless of market area. Cheaper and easier overall - no need to tool up and design one for each standard… And they will play fine on both ntsc and pal tv systems… Not that lot of folks in ntsc areas know this…; and are often conned into buying multi-format units - one way or another - if wishing to play either/both ntsc and pal formatted material. There were articles/reviews etc. about this in www-land a few years back...

(I've done my own tests in both Standard Def and Hi Def. and the pics and audio were fine.)


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