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    DVD won't play

    My Dell PC won't play my DVD's. Since I didn't have this problem before, I can only assume I accidentally uninstalled something while removing some programs a while back ( http://windowssecrets.com/forums/sho...y-deleted-Word). I don't have a clue what I removed but I would really like watching movies on my computer again. Any ideas anyone?

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    What app were you using to watch movies? I generlly use Windows Media Center. Sometimes use the DVD S/W that came with my PC. A Google search shows a few links for Windows Media Center.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tiger4 View Post
    My Dell PC won't play my DVD's. Since I didn't have this problem before, I can only assume I accidentally uninstalled something while removing some programs a while back ( http://windowssecrets.com/forums/sho...y-deleted-Word). I don't have a clue what I removed but I would really like watching movies on my computer again. Any ideas anyone?
    Probably the most problem free media player available these days (at least that has been my experience) is VLC.

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    Expletive Deletion Part Two or The DVD Problem.

    My Dell PC won't play my DVD's. Considering that I didn't have this problem before, I can only assume I accidentally deleted something while removing some old stuff awhile back: http://windowssecrets.com/forums/sho...y-deleted-Word

    Unfortunately, I don't remember what I deleted that would cause this problem or how to restore it. Any clues anyone?

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    A little bit more of an explanation may help here.

    What type of DVDs will it not play?

    Is it movie type DVDs? If so you may need to install/reinstall DVD playback software/codecs.

    Is it software DVDs? If so you may need to install chipset drivers.

    The more info you give, the more help can be given!

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    Give us a list of what you deleted, someone will tell you what to "undelete".
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ted Myers View Post
    What app were you using to watch movies? I generlly use Windows Media Center. Sometimes use the DVD S/W that came with my PC. A Google search shows a few links for Windows Media Center.
    The app is Dell Media Experience. I also have Windows Media Player but I never use it. As mentioned earlier DME worked before but now, when I put in the DVD, it says it can't read the darn thing.

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    I thought I replied to this in another thread...

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    CD/DVD drives die..... that's just one hard, cold, fact.
    One day they work just fine and the next time you boot up your PC, they don't.

    There are some software fixes for this problem, but the ultimate fix is a new DVD drive.
    They are so cheap anymore, that it's not the big deal it once was.

    I agree that more detailed information about the problem would help.......

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    Quote Originally Posted by Browni View Post
    I thought I replied to this in another thread...
    You did. I merged the threads.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Browni View Post
    A little bit more of an explanation may help here.

    What type of DVDs will it not play?

    Is it movie type DVDs? If so you may need to install/reinstall DVD playback software/codecs.

    Is it software DVDs? If so you may need to install chipset drivers.

    The more info you give, the more help can be given!
    They were movie DVD's. They played just fine before I got a new printer. I removed some old progs so they wouldn't interfere with the installation. I think one of them must have been something that let me play the DVD's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoeP517 View Post
    You did. I merged the threads.

    Joe
    A mistake on my part. When I didn't initially see my earlier post, I thought I made a mistake so I made another one in a different section. ops:

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    Quote Originally Posted by RussB View Post
    Give us a list of what you deleted, someone will tell you what to "undelete".
    I can't remember exactly what I deleted. It was a couple of months ago. :senile:

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    I'm just wondering if anyone has suggestions regarding my DVD/PC problem?

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    Try a repair install of Win 7. If you already have SP1 installed, download the Win 7 with SP1 iso from Digital River. This file can also be burned to USB flash drive and run from there. Since your DVD player will not work, try the flash drive.

    Have you thought about the possibility that your DVD drive may be bad. These are getting pretty inexpensive. If the above does not work, check into this.
    Last edited by Medico; 2011-09-20 at 05:12.
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