WMP12 - DVD does not start playing at beginning

Dell precision workstatio... / M6600
June 24, 2014 at 06:54:00
Specs: Windows 7 Pro 64 bit, Intel I7 2760QM 16Gb RAM
All of a sudden, WMP12 has started to play DVDs at a point well into the recording. I don't have a great technical knowledge and try as I may I cannot get WMP12 to start at the beginning of a DVD. I would be very grateful if someone could throw some light on this problem.
Pete

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#1
June 24, 2014 at 07:10:04
Try using VLC Player instead: http://www.videolan.org/vlc/index.html

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#2
June 24, 2014 at 09:34:59
I don't use Windows Media Player but could it be it's resuming play from a DVD you've partially viewed before?

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#3
June 24, 2014 at 12:00:04
Are they pre recorded DVDs or home produced?

Does it "always" happen?

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#4
June 24, 2014 at 12:10:01
THX1138 - Thanks for taking the trouble to respond. Yes, that could indeed be the case I suppose. I've had the computer for some time though and have never noticed it before. It happens even if I've shut Windows Media Player (v12) down and re-started it later - or even shut the PC down for that matter. If it was picking up from where I last viewed the DVD, is there any way I can prevent it from doing so and to revert back to the start of the disc would you know?

Very best wishes.
Pete


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#5
June 24, 2014 at 12:19:14
To Derek - They are home-produced using Sony Vegas Pro11 and /or DVD Architect. The problem appears to happen on occasions only. Can't figure it out at all. I have made over 50 DVDs in recent months and don't remember having this problem until very recently. Can't see anything in Windows Media Player (v12) which allows you to select the option of the player re-starting where it left off or returning to the beginning of the disc.

Thank-you so much for taking the time out to reply.

Kindest regards
Pete


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#6
June 24, 2014 at 12:37:03
Do you ever have this issue with commercial DVDs?

If not it might be worth running a lens cleaner on your drive. I have no clever clogs explanation for why a dirty lens might produce your particular symptoms but it can cause issues. If there is an option to record at lower speed that might be worth a try on new recordings - it can help if the drive is getting a bit worn.

Lens cleaner example:
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/memorex...

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#7
June 24, 2014 at 13:06:07
I looked for a resume play feature but it doesn't appear to have one. There are plugins you can download that will do this. Could you or someone else on that computer have downloaded a plugin such as this one? - http://www.guidingtech.com/12425/re...

If not, I would go with Derek's suggestion of trying a commercial DVD and seeing if it behaves the same way.

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#8
June 24, 2014 at 13:11:06
I'll try a commercial DVD Derek and clean the lens. I usually record at 4x speed. I'll get back to you when I've done it - it'll probably be tomorrow now. I'm in the UK, by the way.

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#9
June 24, 2014 at 13:15:33
Thanks THX 1138. I am the only one who uses this computer and I have never downloaded such a plug-in. I will try a commercial DVD though - can't think why I didn't do that. Put it down to a 'senior moment!!'

Will post my results tomorrow (Weds)

Best wishes
Pete


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#10
June 24, 2014 at 13:19:26
4x speed is quite slow so it shouldn't be an issue - there may or may not be a slower option.

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#11
June 26, 2014 at 06:57:09
Dear Derek - Sorry for the delay in getting back to you. I've had the opportunity of testing WMP12 with commercial DVDs now - and YES it does the same thing. It is starting from the point where I left off - even if I eject the disc and the re-insert it. I would dearly like to disable this facility (or cure the problem; whichever it is!!) so I would be grateful for any ideas.

I have cleaned the laser lens as well, by the way.

Best wishes
Pete


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#12
June 26, 2014 at 09:00:00
It is difficult to be quite certain but I think it is most likely that your DVD burner has developed a fault - head fails to move (possibly the electronics). If so replacement is the only viable option.

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#13
June 26, 2014 at 10:24:01
I went to Microsoft's website and typed in "WMP12 resume play on DVD" and apparently there is a built in resume feature and they don't have a setting to turn it off.

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#14
June 26, 2014 at 11:03:35
Curious! Maybe I guess I'll just have to try and live with it. I just can't understand why it hasn't attracted my attention long before this. Thank you both very much indeed for your invaluable help and with giving me the benefit of your knowledge, for which I am extremely grateful.
Best wishes.
Pete

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#15
June 26, 2014 at 11:12:29
One final crazy thought. Disconnect from domestic power and remove battery if a laptop. Now hold the Power Off/On button in for about 20 seconds. This discharges the motherboard and has been known to "unstick" things at odd times, although your symptoms don't fit too well.

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