what do i need to play vcd's

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  1. Ted Lee

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    hi all -

    my uncle gave me a vcd to check out. i pretty much knew my dvd player (samsung 931) wouldn't be able to play it, but i thought my computer could.

    however, when i pop in the vcd into my pc, it just opens up like a regular cd-rom would. i can view files, etc. but i couldn't get my pc to play it.

    so, do i need a special stand-alone player to view vcd's? is there special software?

    thx,

    ted
     
  2. Jesse Skeen

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    Most DVD players can play them- did you try it?
    You do need a "player" software to play it on the computer- I have a couple VCDs that have it on the disc ready to install but some don't.
     
  3. Ted Lee

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    hey jesse -

    yeah, i popped it in my stand-alone samsung ... it gave me a "no disc" error (or something like that).

    odd...maybe i'll try again....
     
  4. Ian_H

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    Get the latest Media Player from Micro$oft. It plays VCDs.



    --Ian
     
  5. Ted Lee

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    hi ian -

    i already have version 9. afaik, that's the most current right? i figure all i should have to do is pop in the vcd....correct?

    oh well, i'll try to play with it when i have a little more time.

    thx guys ...
     
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    hey i get it. microsoft does well financially, and the dollar sign looks like a capital S. never seen that one before. anyway, you can download a vcd player from cnet and it should work fine. if you dont want to install anything else, you can play the disc with microsoft media player. open the mpegav folder on the disc and look for the .dat file, that is where the video is stored. play those with media player, and it will work fine.

    CJ
     
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    Im surprised your DVD pplayer won't work with VCDs, usually samsung players will play ANYTHING, literally.
     
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    Is the disc an original or a copy? Sometimes copies will not play for some reason. I have made copies of my own CDs and they will not play in my Toshiba DVD player even though the player is CD capable. The copies will play in my old Pioneer laserdisc machine.
     
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    On the tool bar for Media Player goto PLAY then in the menu should be a line that says DVD (if you have a DVD-rom installed), VCD, or CD AUDIO then gives an arrow to point it to which ever drive you need.

    --Ian
     

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