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PC DVD "its killing me"

Discussion in 'Desktop & Laptop Computers Forum' started by spmorris, Jun 17, 2001.

  1. spmorris

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    I have a Compaq 500 with an AMD Duron 750Mhz chip, 192 Mb ram,Elsa Gladiac GTS 32 Mb graphic card ( with latest drivers ) and using DVD Express software player. Everything worked fine till adding the graphics card then films would lock-up at irregular intervals. Now everytime I play a DVD ( all are region 2 ), I just get the message "Key exchange for copy protection failed. Press OK to close Player."
    I thought it may have been a regional coding conflict but, both the player and the software show up as region 2. HELP, what the hell is the cure.
     
  2. Jeff

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    Being a PC it could be anything causing your problem (you probably have multiple faults). However the first thing that I would try would be another software DVD player. Give WinDVD a go, hopefully that will fix it. You can download a demo version from www.intervideo.com

    Good luck

    Jeff
     
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    try reinstalling the dvd app, its prob holding settings of your old card
     
  4. spmorris

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    Metric, don't think me thick but how do I reinstal the dvd.app. I tried deleting the harware device and restarting but, this made no difference. One problem is that all the original settings are stored as drive D: but this will also refer to the old graphics card.
     
  5. Stuart Wright

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    God help you, Steve ! You need to learn how to use PCs before you can effectively do this stuff.
    Go buy a book on how to use the operating system - Windows 2000, Windows 98 or whatever.
    'Deleteing the hardware device' is definitaely NOT what you want to be doing.
    Completely uninstall the current software player and install Power DVD, which is currently the best software player.
     
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    Spectre, I deleted/reinstalled the software player (DVDExpress), the films now start but, then hang during the intro screens. I then have to press Ctrl/Alt/Delete to restart. The solution must be getting nearer.
    Steve.
     
  7. Jeff

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    Now why did you have to go and say a silly thing like that? Everyone knows WinDVD is the best.

    ;)
     
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    Jeff/Spectre, no arguing, just tell me which is the cheapest(preferably free)
    Second out, round 2.
    Steve.
     
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    Jeff/Spectre,
    OK so you finally agree on the best software player, maybe.
    I'm working the next couple of days, so if you've any more ideas of what I can try before, shelling out my hard earned cash, then leave sugggestions.
    Thanks a lot.
    Steve.
     
  10. Jeff

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    Steve,

    Why don't you download and try the FREE WinDVD demo and see it works for you. It only allows 5 minutes at a time but it should give you an idea.

    Jeff

    [ 19-06-2001: Message edited by: Jeff ]
     
  11. Stuart Wright

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    Jeff, according to the AVS Forums the latest patch for Power DVD takes it beyond Win DVD in the picture stakes. It was better in terms of audio already, so there you go.
     
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    Spectre,

    I must have missed that post. ;)
    The official 'best in class' was updated in May and has both players listed without stateing which is the best. So I guess that it's a draw. :)

    Jeff
     
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    Jeff,
    Sorry to be so long replying, I've been working the last few days.
    You're a hero, I downloaded the trial version of WINDVD guess what it works perfectly. Thanks for the solution.
    Now if I can be cheeky, Has anyone a clue how I can make PC World cough-up for the new version of the player.
    Thanks to everyone.
    Steve.
    :)
     
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    Thanks to everyone who gave suggestion to my problem.
    I've downloaded the key to access fully WinDVD, everything works just fine.
    All the best
    Steve :D
     
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    Look everyone knows that the ATI player with the radeon card is the best dvd player
    cmon guys get with the programme
    checkout AVS forum
     
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    In the mysterious world of the PC, whatever works is the best! ;)
     
  19. Jeff

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    The ATI player is a pile of smelly doggie doo.

    Jeff
     
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    S'funny, when I chucked my GeForceMX/WinDVD combo for ATI Player/Radeon I got a better picture.
     
  21. Jeff

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    If you want a player that works most of the time, supports DD and DTS and has a great picture then the ATI isn't that player. To be honest even on picture quality WinDVD 2.6.35 with the correct settings and a radeon card is more than a match for the ATI player. Once you take into acount the ATI players failings it's not even a close contest. It could easily change with the next release though, just think how good the Radeon/ATI player could be if ATI had good programmers.

    Jeff
     
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    I'm happy with the supports DD and great picture at the moment :D
     

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