Windows 7 Forums

Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.


Windows 7: Windows 7 HP 64 bit won't play dvds in WMC

29 Dec 2012   #1
lou62

Win 7 HP 64bit
 
 
Windows 7 HP 64 bit won't play dvds in WMC

I am having problems with Windows Media Center being recognized in my computer...I am having to use an external disc player to play dvd's. Cd's play fine, I am able to use my built in disc drive (in the tower/box), but I have no idea as to why it has stopped recognizing dvd's and not allowing Windows Media Center to play them, it used to.
I can use Windows Media Player for ripping an burning music, etc. but not WMC! Can anyone knowledgeable help?

I am not all that advanced in tech. matters..so be gentle. lol



My System SpecsSystem Spec
.
29 Dec 2012   #2
Saurabh A

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

Hi lou62,

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit offers full 'DVD playback capability' and 'Windows Media Center' should be able to read it; please share if you face any 'error messages'.

You may want to refer to the following 'Microsoft Article' for more information: Playing DVDs in Windows Media Center: frequently asked questions

You may also try the following steps:
- Install 'Windows Updates'
- Update the 'Video Drivers'
- Install 'Codecs' to see if that helps: Free-Codecs.com : Download K-Lite Codec Pack 9.6.5 FULL, K-Lite Codec Pack 9.6.5 STANDARD, K-Lite Codec Pack 9.6.5 BASIC

Do reply with the results; would be glad to assist.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
29 Dec 2012   #3
fakeasdf

Win 7 Pro x64 x 3, Win 7 Pro x86, Ubuntu 9.04
 
 

Can you plays DVDs from that drive in media player and/or vlc?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.

31 Dec 2012   #4
lou62

Win 7 HP 64bit
 
 
WMC problems with reading dvds

Well, here's the short of it, I have updates done constantly, so that isn't the issue....I have been told before it may have something to do with 'Codecs', but that is something I am not familiar with. So my question is this: How do you know if you are missing codecs and what do you do to tell if and what you need?

In regards to the other respondents question to me....Windows Media Player doesn't even recognize the drive that I put the dvd in to play; and the error message that I get in Windows Media Center is simply "Windows Media Center cannot detect a video dvd in the dvd-rom drive. Insert a video dvd in the drive."
I can't remember when this issue started up, like I mentioned in my original post, it used to work just fine. I have no idea what caused it to stop working.

I will try the suggestions in the post from 'Saurabh A'
My System SpecsSystem Spec
01 Jan 2013   #5
fakeasdf

Win 7 Pro x64 x 3, Win 7 Pro x86, Ubuntu 9.04
 
 

In this case a codec is used to decode the digital media found on your dvd and supply a video stream to your tv/monitor (super simplified).

Can you watch your dvd from VLC?
(VideoLAN - Official page for VLC media player, the Open Source video framework!)

If you can't watch it from VLC, it's possible your DVD player is having issues and dying.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
01 Jan 2013   #6
lou62

Win 7 HP 64bit
 
 
problems with wmc dvd's won't play

I don't use vlc
My System SpecsSystem Spec
01 Jan 2013   #7
fakeasdf

Win 7 Pro x64 x 3, Win 7 Pro x86, Ubuntu 9.04
 
 

I'm not telling you to use VLC instead of Media Center. I'm telling you to try and watch the DVD in VLC as a troubleshooting step.

If it won't play in VLC, then it isn't an issue with Media Center.
If it does play in VLC, then there is an issue with the MPEG-2 decoder (DVD is MPEG-2).
My System SpecsSystem Spec
02 Jan 2013   #8
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

With an external disc player you can play DVds - your first post.

With your internal optical drive you are not able to play the same DVDs.

In that case, your internal optical drive is faulty.

Either the DVD laser has failed/become weak or the lense occluded.

Try a CD Lense cleaner and clean it.

If it does not help, replace the drive.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
05 Jan 2013   #9
kellymac35

WINDOWS 7 Ultimate x64 Full
 
 

Try deleting upper and lower filters: Your CD drive or DVD drive is missing or is not recognized by Windows or other programs. Your CD drive or DVD drive is missing or is not recognized by Windows or other programs
My System SpecsSystem Spec
10 Jan 2013   #10
lou62

Win 7 HP 64bit
 
 
need clarification please

How do I know if I should download the 'codecs?'
Thanks

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Saurabh A View Post
Hi lou62,

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit offers full 'DVD playback capability' and 'Windows Media Center' should be able to read it; please share if you face any 'error messages'.

You may want to refer to the following 'Microsoft Article' for more information: Playing DVDs in Windows Media Center: frequently asked questions

You may also try the following steps:
- Install 'Windows Updates'
- Update the 'Video Drivers'
- Install 'Codecs' to see if that helps: Free-Codecs.com : Download K-Lite Codec Pack 9.6.5 FULL, K-Lite Codec Pack 9.6.5 STANDARD, K-Lite Codec Pack 9.6.5 BASIC

Do reply with the results; would be glad to assist.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
Reply

 Windows 7 HP 64 bit won't play dvds in WMC




Thread Tools




Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Windows Media Player doesnt play original DVDs.
Hi guys, Ive found many threads about this problem but I couldnt solve it yet. My original DVD's dont play. With some dvds Windows Media Player plays only that FBI warning and it stops. Others dvds it shows the "error C00D11B1" message. It's a new built, Im using a LG GH24NSB0 BL dvd...
Music, Pictures & Video
Windows Media Player will not play any DVDs for me. Help?
I'm having a problem trying to play a DVD using my PC under W7. Originally, I had Windows Media Player installed and that was working fine. Then, I read that MPC-Home Cinema was better than Windows Media Player and so I tried to D/L and install that. But during the installation procedure I...
Installation & Setup
Windows Media Player does not play DVDs when my Soundcard is connected
Hi guys, I have an external USB soundcard (Native Instruments Komplete Audio 6), and it has come to my attention that I am completely unable to play DVDs on my computer when my soundcard is connected. WMP does not give me any error message; it just abruptly stops playing the DVD and the DVD...
Music, Pictures & Video
HELP some dvds now won't play
Hi I am trying to play some tutorial dvds that come with magazines. I have played them before without a problem but my computer shut down for some reason and now they won't play. I can play others but not the ones that come with a specific magazine and yes I know that sounds strange but I have...
General Discussion
Can't Play DVDs
For some reason my DVD rom drive isn't working anymore. I'm guessing it's a software issue as it can see the DVD but just can't play them. Any ideas on how to fix this?
Hardware & Devices
Can't Play DVDs
Hi everyone, I recently downloaded Windows 7 on an HP DV2000 laptop 32-bit laptop. I can't seem to play DVDs. If I put a DVD in the cd-drive the DVD does not automatically launch. If I click on my computer I get an error message when clicking on the DVD. If I launch Windows Media Center...
Media Center


Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:46.

Twitter Facebook Google+



Windows 7 Forums

Seven Forums Android App Seven Forums IOS App