I don't own a stand alone player any more to compare but I've been using online DVD rentals and I keep getting discs with scratches and they won't play. The other day I watched 31 minutes of a film which promptly locked up my machine and today I've got just 26 minutes into a film which has locked up. I've tried windows media player, powerdvd, windvd and in every one of them at a specific point the disc playback freezes and the app locks up and task manager says not responding. This is really annoying as it keeps happening with rental discs as most of them have at least some scratching. Now its screwed up my system and is telling me I can't play back my DVD's because I have TV-out enabled - I haven't got anything plugged in there, I haven't touched the settings for it and now I don't know how to get rid of it.