Why does Windows Media Player work only once

Gateway Atxstf
March 25, 2011 at 06:42:36
Specs: WinXP, 1Gb
My ASUS 3GHz PC runs WinXP Pro/SP3 but its My Computer will only show one optical disc drive at a time. That MAY be relevant to the problem I want to ask about. I have a DVD disc that I have used for years to test whether a DVD player works - as it always quickly displays video in 'working' DVD players. In both DVD players of THIS PC, autorun presents an option to play the disc in various players. If I choose Windows Media Player (series 9 is installed), I am told that "Windows Media Player is currently unable to play DVD video." and "A compatible DVD decoder is not installed." Since the graphics card is for NVidea GForce 6200, I chose from the suggested option : NVidia DVD Decoder. That works (well) ONCE only. Connection to internet or otherwise makes no difference. I have tried this several times starting with identical clones. Why only ONE success, and after that, failure ? Real Player 11 and VLC do no better.

Basty


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#1
March 25, 2011 at 07:02:08
"I have tried this several times starting with identical clones". Please explain that statement.

My understanding is that you have 2 optical drives installed in your computer. Are both identical models?


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#2
March 25, 2011 at 09:18:42
It told you what's wrong - "A compatible DVD decoder is not installed."

Try this: http://www.xpcodecpack.com/


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#3
March 25, 2011 at 17:33:28
Othehill
I ONLY experiment on clones of my system - I can make more than one. On two separate clones of my system I tried the Nvidia software and on both it worked just once only.

The optical disk drives : One is a DVDRAM (LG) the other is a DVDROM (Sony).
Both work well individually, but only one at a time shows in My Computer.

Mickliq
I have tried Vista Codec Pack which is supposed to be compatible with XP - in any case, the NVidia software made it work, so the codecs must be in that. I will try your suggestion too.

Basty


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#4
March 25, 2011 at 19:56:35
Do both optical drives show in Disk Management?

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#5
March 26, 2011 at 02:18:01
http://www.xpcodecpack.com/ solved the problem, but did not answer the question 'WHY ONLY ONCE ?', when obviously all the required software is present.
The solution by itself is much appreciated; an answer would be 'icing on the cake'.

Only one ODD shows in Disk Management - BOTH work when independent.

Basty


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#6
March 26, 2011 at 06:22:27
I don't know what you mean by clones of your system.

What do you mean "both work when independent" Are you disconnecting them one at a time? If so, these must be IDE/ATA type drives and you have them connected to the same cable. Check the jumpers on the rear of the drives. One should be set as Master and one as Slave.


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#7
March 26, 2011 at 20:05:26
OtheHill
<<I don't know what you mean by clones of your system>>
If my system in on HDD A; I can clone it to HDD B
and do my experimenting on HDD B
if succesful, I can continue with B
if not, I can continue with A
and clone A to B again for another experiment.

"both work when independent"
If I connect Optical Disk Drive M ONLY - it works fine
If I connect Optical Disk Drive N ONLY - it works fine
If I have BOTH connected, only the Master shows in My Computer
They are connected through IDE; the jumper settings have been checked and different arrangements tried.

Basty


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#8
March 27, 2011 at 12:06:10
You are cloning the installed operating system and programs.

System implies the hardware as well.

If both optical drives are on the same cable then jumper one as Master and one as slave.

If you have TWO IDE controllers then separate the optical drives by connecting one to each controller. Use the same method of jumpers as spelled out above.


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#9
March 27, 2011 at 15:31:24
<<If you have TWO IDE controllers then separate the optical drives by connecting one to each controller.>> I have two IDE sockets on the motherboard. I thought the blue one was for the HDDs, but I COULD put the an ODD and a HDD on each of the IDE sockets.

Basty


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#10
March 27, 2011 at 17:39:42
The blue one is the first one. When ATA 66 speeds first came out there was only one controller that ran that speed. Optical drives of that period only ran at 33 anyway. Today both IDE/ATA controllers will be either 100 or 133. Still a good idea to set your boot drive as the master on the primary of the first controller.

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#11
March 27, 2011 at 19:27:13
Right, so I couild make one ODD a primary 'slave'; and the other a Secondary Slave if I have a second HDD.

Basty


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#12
March 28, 2011 at 04:35:17
Correct. You can also usually run a second optical drive alone on the second controller. It is strange that you can't get both working. Perhaps you are using an older 40 wire cable and that is causing the problem.

Does your cable also have the blue end? You are inserting the blue end into the board? If no colored ends you may be reversing the cable in order to make it reach. The longer section of cable must be toward the board.

As I stated above earlier optical drives ran a 33mbsp burst speed. Newer ones run at 66. They can only run at 66 when using the newer type cables with 80 wires and 40 pins. These have the colored ends. Usually blue, middle gray, other end black.

Did you install the motherboard chipset drivers in both clones?


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#13
March 28, 2011 at 05:20:31
I have also tried an 80core signal cable and it gave no better results.

As for the clones, the whole point of them is that they are identical to the source, so of course whatever is in one clone is also in the other.

Basty


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#14
March 28, 2011 at 05:27:51
Did you install the motherboard chipset drivers then?

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#15
March 28, 2011 at 16:14:14
Yes, that was done on the clone-source; so each clone has the motherboard chipsets installed.

Basty


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#16
March 28, 2011 at 16:16:55
Did you try moving the optical drives around, as suggested?

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#17
March 28, 2011 at 16:26:05
Yes, I've had the optical drives in various configurations. It is of little practical consequence, so long as I have access to one (at a time). I am more interested in the REASON why Nvidia enabled video display only once.

Basty


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#18
March 28, 2011 at 16:28:28
I guess I missed something. Would you explain what you mean by #17?

Is this what you are using?
NVIDIA® PureVideo™ Decoder software


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#19
March 29, 2011 at 00:58:20
No I did not use PureVideo, but 'NVidia DVD Decoder' - as suggested by the site I consulted.

What I mean by #17 is that, so long as I have access to one ODD, I am satisfied.
Since there are two ODDs in the PC, I have the luxury of choosing WHICH to use.
I would like to KNOW why the O/S will see only one.

Similarly I would like to KNOW why what worked once, wont keep working, namely the NVidia DVD Decoder played DVD perfectly, ONCE but NOT AGAIN.
I tried the NVidia on a second clone with the same result - ONCE ONLY.

Basty


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#20
March 29, 2011 at 04:50:13
I have searched for "NVidia DVD Decoder" and have not found anything other than pure video, which is not free.

Why not just use something like was linked above or this: http://www.free-codecs.com/download...

As far as your issue with the optical drives goes, I suggest you try a new 80 wire cable and use Master/slave settings or better yet, separate the two optical drives.

Dell computers seem to work better when using CS (cable select) with 2 devices on on IDE controller. Might be worth trying. You must use the 80 wire cable in that case.


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