DVD Will Not Play... Wrong Region?

Dell GX240
September 27, 2007 at 02:05:55
Specs: Win XP SP2, P4 2GH/1GB

Here's one for you all... I have a DVD/CD player and a DVD/CD burner installed on the system. I have 3 DVD player programs installed, VLC Media Player, Inter Actual Player and Windows Media Player 11. With one particular DVD 2 of the 3 players (Inter Actual Player & Windows Media Player) ID the movie as being in Spanish and reports that the DVD is not formatted for this region (Region 1) and will not play the DVD. VLC Media Player ID's the DVD correctly (English, Region 1) and plays the DVD just fine. The movie is in 3 languages, English, French and Spanish. It does not matter which DVD/CD player I put the movie in I get the same garbage from the 2 players. I have searched WMP for a setting I can change but to no avail. Does anyone have a clue as to what is going on here and how to cure it?

Software gives me a headache.

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September 27, 2007 at 02:25:46

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September 27, 2007 at 02:43:28

first, WMP doesn't have a dvd codec (el cheapos in redmond never bothered with it). WMP is rather piggy backing on another dvd software player, interactual in your case. VLC has an open source dvd codec build in (libdvdcss) that is using a brute force algorithm to ignore the region code.

RPC1 drives can play ANY region but are dependant on the installed player software to control which region is played. so if your interactual player (which is using the proprietary dvd codec) is set to region 1 you are not able to play any other region DVDs (that goes for WMP too), while VLC doesn't give a rat's.

RPC2 hardware, however, allows you to change the region a very generous FIVE times, after that your drive is permanently locked into the last changed region (hardware lock, even reformatting your hard drive or connecting the dvd drive to another pc will not unlock the drive).

libdvdcss is violating the copyright laws in many countries, hence no linux distro is shipped with this codec. using VLC to playback DVDs is illegal in many countries (e.g. the US of A or France, the origin of VLC)

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September 27, 2007 at 06:09:24

The DVD movie in question IS Region 1. It plays on my home theater DVD (such as it is) that only plays Region 1 DVD's. For some reason Inter Actual and WMP are keying in on the second language on the DVD. It may be the fault of the DVD encoding, who knows? I'm getting rid of that particular DVD for other reasons. I just hope that this is not going to be a persistent problem because I like WMP.

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