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  1. Posts : 316
    windows 10

    Cannot play DVD

    I have not tried to play a DVD in ages.
    First I tried my VLC instance. That sunk.
    Same for Windows Media.

    What seemed like solutions turned out to be hawking for other app.
    I uninstalled them.

    I finally got a player to work.
    MPC-BE Media Player Classic - BE
    I took it from this page:
    11 Best And Free Media Players For Windows 10 PC (2021 Edition)

    When I went to play a DVD from the public library it thew a copy protected error.

    What am I to do?
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  2. Posts : 1,373
    win10 home

    Go to "investigate" ---dvd shrink--- and ---dvd decrypter----.
    The site is completely safe and so are the investigated,if downloaded from there.
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  3. Posts : 14,939
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 22H2 Build 19045.2965


    I have not heard of anybody having a problem playing DVDs with VLC before.
    1 Perhaps you could try installing it again.
    2 Test whether or not the problem DVD from the library plays in a conventional standalone DVD Player [assuming that you know somebody who still has one] rather than a computer's DVD drive.

    It is uncommon for a DVD to refuse to play in any given player but not unknown.
    - Of the couple of hundred DVDs I had there was one that would play in my computer's DVD drive but not in my standalone DVD player.
    - I also had one that would play in black & white in my standalone DVD player but would play properly in colour in my computer's DVD drive.

    Best of luck,
    Last edited by Try3; 24 Apr 2021 at 01:53.
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  4. Posts : 4,594
    Windows 10 Pro

    I have never had an issue playing a dvd with VLC, try again.

    Official download of VLC media player, the best Open Source player - VideoLAN
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  5. Posts : 316
    windows 10
    Thread Starter

    I reinstalled VLC and updated it. When I called the DVD it threw an error of some sort. Then I installed Wondershare and converted the codec. It was clumsy getting it started. I could not not get rid of the bright white borders making dark scenes difficult to follow. I watched about 80% of the video then it crashed. I could not get it restarted. I did not try to go any further because I was not enjoying the movie. Maybe something is wrong with the DVD? The complexity to get it running seems like there is some sort of misfit with the DVD? I am uninstalling the codec convertor. Same for VLC. The fonts and color scheme in VLC even at 175% zoom made matters worse. I had to use a hand magnifier to see text. I am not able to take the first steps for a low vision format.
    Not sure where to go from here. There must be a better way?
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  6. Posts : 17,839
    Windows 10

    DVD's play fine in MPC-BE here.
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  7. Posts : 624
    Windows 10 Pro 21H2 x64

    "big movie" really makes me miffed, at least sometimes, they apparently threatened to perm-ban PC optical drives!
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  8. Posts : 316
    windows 10
    Thread Starter

    From the install menu which options should I choose?
    I used the default settings but they are not working.
    The app sees my DVD but just spins endlessly.

    Later. I uninstalled and starter over checking the three associates with boxes.
    Same problem. Freezes and require closing in task manager.

    Again there must be a reason for this and a simpler method?
    Last edited by mikeincousa; 24 Apr 2021 at 19:36.
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  9. Posts : 7,128
    Windows 10 Pro Insider

    Is it a DVD or a Blue Ray Disk? If it's a DVD have you tried playing a different DVD?
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  10. Posts : 316
    windows 10
    Thread Starter

    Good point. It says DVD on the case.

    I think I may have a DVD somewhere in one of my stashes but it would take some time to locate it.

    This is the title of the DVD The Big Lebowski. A friend wanted me to have a look.

    It looks like it was made nine years ago so likely nothing fancy in the printing?

    Looking for it om YouTube suggests that the issue that I have been fighting lies in the codec / copyright?
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