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Discussion in 'Off-topic Zone' started by 5Stars, Apr 12, 2012.

  1. 5Stars

    5Stars Here comes the Sun...

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    I have Vista 64 bit...

    I cannot play a DVD, it just sits there and spins in the drive.

    I try a CD and I have to go to the Control Panel and click on "open" to see the songs on the CD, then they will play.

    I have looked all over the web, but cannot seem to find anything that I can do.

    Any advice?
  2. Yeagermeister

    Yeagermeister Active Member

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    Do you have dvd player software installed?
  3. 5Stars

    5Stars Here comes the Sun...

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    I thought it came with Vista Home Premium?

    What would it be called and I'll check program features.
  4. Yeagermeister

    Yeagermeister Active Member

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    Try downloading vlc player from www.download.com
  5. 5Stars

    5Stars Here comes the Sun...

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    I unstalled that awhile ago because I still could not play a DVD when it was there.

    Do I have to buy DVD software for Vista?


    :confused:
  6. Yeagermeister

    Yeagermeister Active Member

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    It depends on what software the computer came with. Usually its a separate program.
  7. Meat-O-Rama

    Meat-O-Rama Vegetarians are so stupid.

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    Did you install Vista yourself, or did it come pre-installed when you bought the computer? If it came pre-installed, you are more likely to have the necessary software. Most PCs will ship with some DVD playback software already installed. you may need to go to Start->Programs and look and see if there is a program that plays DVDs. If not, try it with Windows Media Center.

    Unfortunately most DVDs won't play on Windows straight out of the box without some kind of third party software. This is because of the content restrictions to keep you from using the movie in ways the studio doesn't approve of.

    If you can't get the DVD to playback, you may have to purchase DVD playback software.
  8. 5Stars

    5Stars Here comes the Sun...

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    I opened the device with DOS, and it says

    - the device is not ready -
  9. Reality

    Reality Administrator Staff Member

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    Are you sure you have a DVD drive and not just a CD drive?

    If you are sure, then as someone posted above, go download VLC and use it to play the DVD. VLC is free by the way ..
    http://www.videolan.org/vlc/

    #reality
  10. 5Stars

    5Stars Here comes the Sun...

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    I'll try Window Media Center...


    ;)
  11. 5Stars

    5Stars Here comes the Sun...

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    Checking right now...
  12. 5Stars

    5Stars Here comes the Sun...

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    My drive says it's from TSS corp..
  13. tupperware

    tupperware A Plastic Container

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    A drive continuing to spin and not do anything sounds to me like a disc it cannot read. Are you absolutely certain it can read DVDs? How old is the drive or computer it came in?
  14. 5Stars

    5Stars Here comes the Sun...

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    That's my problem...I don't.

    Oh, well...it's not that big of a deal.


    (STUPID COMPUTERS)


    :bang2:
  15. tupperware

    tupperware A Plastic Container

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    Try this: Click the Start Orb.

    From there, go to: Control Panel

    From there: Look for "Device Manager" If you can't find it, look in the search bar in the control panel and type in "Device Manager" Click the Device Manager link that pops up.

    Look for a DVD/CD-Rom drives entry.

    If you find one, double click it.

    In my case, the following appears:

    HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GH22NS50 ATA DEVICE

    Write down what device appears and we can figure out whether or not your drive supports DVDs.
  16. 5Stars

    5Stars Here comes the Sun...

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    This the kind of drive I have, and the disk that I'm trying to read came with the P90 exercise system.

    TSScorpCDDDVW TS-L633L ATA Device

    The computer is only about 4 years old.
  17. iceberg

    iceberg detoxed Zone Supporter

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    put in other discs - do they read ok or fail the same way?
    put in a music cd - does it play?

    windows media player should play both movies or music just fine. only if blu ray will you need a 3rd party player.
  18. BrAinPaiNt

    BrAinPaiNt Brotherhood of the Beard Staff Member

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    Are you sure it is not CDDVDW instead of CDDDVW?

    Because that would seem to indicate CD and DVD Writable drive.
  19. 5Stars

    5Stars Here comes the Sun...

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    You are right, I put one to many D in there.

    It is CDDVDW
  20. 5Stars

    5Stars Here comes the Sun...

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    I just tried to play the Sleepless in Seattle DVD - same thing, just spins.

    Tried a music CD - same thing.

    :confused:

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