Help me watch DVDs on my PC!

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  1. Al_M

    Al_M Stunt Coordinator

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    I am having troubles with two DVD programs.

    First I tried PowerDVD 3.0 that was bundled with my Samsumg DVD-ROM drive. After popping in a DVD I either get an "internal error" or "file format error". So I download and install the latest WinXP patch from Cyberlink's website, still no go. I even had my computer reboot by itself after popping in U-571.

    So then I tried the ATI DVD player that came with my ALL-IN-WONDER Radeon 32 MB DDR card. But there is no DVD software on the CD. The CD is clearly labeled, "ATI setup disc and DVD Player". What gives? I think I got screwed by ATI.

    So I go back to PowerDVD and download their latest XP 4.0 trial version of PowerDVD. Install it and still the same errors as with 3.0.

    I am losing patience and refuse to go out and buy software that should have worked out of the boxes of my hardware components.

    I have a feeling there is some sort of setting in XP that is screwing me up. By the way I also updated my video drivers to the latest at ATI's website. Should I use ATI's drivers or the WinXP drivers for my video card?

    Any Ideas?

    Here is the pertinent hardware if it helps:

    AMD Athlon XP 1600+
    Gigabyte 7DX mobo
    512 MB DDR RAM
    Samsung DVD-ROM
    ATI All-In-Wonder Radeon w/32 MB DDR
    using onboard audio
    running Windows XP (Home)
     
  2. Paul_Fisher

    Paul_Fisher Screenwriter

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    You should definitely use the ATI drivers. I don't really know what the problem could be though...
     
  3. Paul_Fisher

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    Check the device manager and see if there are any sort of conflicts.
     
  4. brentl

    brentl Cinematographer

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    Make sure the motherboard drivers are installed.
     
  5. Brian E

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    Does the drive read the data on the disc ok (Can you browse the disc and see the .vob's etc.)?
     

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