Solved can not get my dell laptop tp play cds and dvds

June 13, 2013 at 08:37:40
Specs: Windows XP
I have a dell latitude D2005 with windows Xp. I can not get it to play cds or dvds. I do not know what to tell the computer to do after I insert a disc. would appreciate any help

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#1
June 13, 2013 at 09:08:07
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Try installing VLC Player - http://www.videolan.org/vlc/downloa...

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#2
June 13, 2013 at 09:42:21
Hi thanks for trying to help. I am new to computers. When I click on that link your gave me, I tried loading the first and second option...nothing happened. Not sure what to do. thanks again

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#3
June 13, 2013 at 09:53:18
I assume nothing happens when you insert the CD or DVD.
Go to "My Computer" and see if you can see the CD\DVD drive after a disk has been inserted. You should be able to right click and select Explore to see if the contents are visible.

If you can see the contents then it probably just a matter of making alterations in AutoPlay which might then work with whatever player you have onboard.

Depending on what you find we can pursue the reason VLC is not downloading. It is a good and versatile program but when we better understand your issue VLC might not be "essential".

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#4
June 13, 2013 at 09:55:17
The first option should be the easiest for you. What do you mean by "nothing happened" The file didn't start to download?

Look in your download folder for the file. Will start with vcl.


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#5
June 13, 2013 at 10:37:38
We need to know exactly what happens when a CD or DVD is inserted. Without that information we have no idea whether it is a media player issue or not. There are many other possibilities, including a faulty drive.

We also need to know whether it used to play them.


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#6
June 13, 2013 at 12:11:05
Hi. I did what you said and my cds played but when I put in a dvd I got the message Windows Media Player cannot play the DVD because a compatible DVD decoder is not installed on your computer. The info says a DVD decoder comes with Windows XP. Do I have to spend $15.00 for a decoder? Are the free ones?? Thanks again

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#7
June 13, 2013 at 12:25:43
Hi I really appreciate your help but please remember I am NEW and technically challenged at this time. I Finally found downloads but do not know what to look for. I have never played cds or dvds on this computer before. I got the cds to play but not the dvds. Thanks again I am determined to figure this out.

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#8
June 13, 2013 at 13:03:38
The player linked in riider's post above is free and will decode most, if not all, formats. No reason to buy anything.

If you have already spent your cash, tell us what you bought. How you got it, and what you did with it.


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#9
June 13, 2013 at 13:14:07
I finally got to load the download you suggested and I can play cds and dvds with out having to purchase anything else. Thanks to Otherhill and Derick for their excellent advice.

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#10
June 13, 2013 at 13:24:16
You are welcome, thanks for getting back to us.

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#11
June 13, 2013 at 13:47:14
Good to hear VLC did the trick after all and thx for letting us know.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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