Solved i can't play a dvd on my computer

June 5, 2011 at 07:47:30
Specs: Windows Vista, Intel Dual Core 2.40GHz/4.0GB
Previously (a few months ago) I had no problem using Windows Media Player to watch DVD's on Vista, now for some reason (insert help here) the DVD loads but looks severely pixelated and jumpy (almost like it's mixing up PAL / NTSC format). I have one drive set to Region 1 and another to Region 2, and have swapped the region settings on them to see if that makes a difference but neither region works (they have the same issue). I found a software VLC media player, which I was going to use to rip movies to my iPad, and it seems to view movies no problem (both regions on the appropriate drives), so I think the drives are ok, suspect something got corrupted?

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#1
June 5, 2011 at 13:09:35
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If VLC works then you have an issue with media player or codecs.

I'd either stick with vlc or reload the OS from scratch.

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#2
June 5, 2011 at 15:58:36
try uninstalling and re-installing WMP or maybe even upgrade it.

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#3
June 6, 2011 at 12:34:17
Thanks for the replys, did some searching and can't find a way to get media player out of Vista (most posts say forget about it), most recommend complete reinstall of the OS if something like that has gone wrong, what a pain. If it's a Codex issue (the only alternative if I want to fix it it seems..) how do I go about sorting that out? Unfortunately never messed with them. Otherwise, I may just bite the bullet and upgrade to Windows 7 in a few weeks...thoughts?

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#4
June 6, 2011 at 12:50:51
upgrade to windows 7, much faster and tons better than the Vista Dog!
In preference I would upgrade to 32bit and NOT 64bit.
32 is much more compatible with different apps

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