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Free DVD Software Player

Discussion in 'Desktop & Laptop Computers Forum' started by m@rk, Aug 1, 2002.

  1. m@rk

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    I have just had the ultrabase on my laptop replaced and now have a DVD drive.

    It would be nice if I could have a DVD player for when I am stuck in hotel rooms so am looking for a free software DVD player.

    I know I could probably download the usual software from warez sites but as I don't do illegal software, I was wondering if there is such a thing as a free software DVD player (for Win98).

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    If you've also got a regular PC and fancy doing some upgrades to that, you can often find PowerDVD bundled in with hardware. My son got a free copy with his LG DVD-ROM drive and I got a free copy with my £65 Radeon 7500 graphics card.

    What about the DVD player that comes with Windows, is that no good ?

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    What DVD Player that comes with Windows???

    I did actually get a copy of WinDVD that came with my other laptop but it checks the make of the laptop before it installs so doesn't install. I could try and hack it but then I end up with unlicensed software on my machine (the same would apply with your other idea) so maybe not.
     
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    Well I'm using WinME so can't be absolutely certain about Win98 but if you look in the windows directory you should be able to find an application called 'DVDPLAY'.

    For some reason Microsoft put it there but don't tell you about it.

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    I think the Microsoft player needs a hardware decoder.

    The basic problem is that there is a licence fee to use the MPEG 2 decoder which tends to mean no free playing software.

    There are some projects to create more open players such as

    http://www.videolan.org/

    Other than that you're looking at around 30 quid for PowerDVD or WinDVD. That's not a lot.

    Steve
     
  6. m@rk

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    Thanks for the replys.

    Fisrt of all, as my work Laptop is running Win98, I am somewhat limited (no built in player).

    Secondly, it is not the highest spec in the world so that leaves out a lot of the players that need a hardware decoder.

    I have however found a genuine free one at http://www.maximusdvd.com which I will try over the weekend as I really don't need anything beyond basic playback.
     
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    Have you tried windows media player, its free from Microsoft.
     
  8. m@rk

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    Yes but under Win98, it doesn't play DVDs
     
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    There are no such thing as free DVD software player. That's because DVD player manufacturers have to pay licensing fees.
     
  10. m@rk

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    So how do the people at the link I posted above do it for free then?
     
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    Good question. Charity?
     

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