Quote: Originally Posted by aBoppa
Is it true that I need 3rd party software installed in order to play DVDs via the Windows Media Player. I seems to me that when I tried this I got a message to that effect. So, I have to purchase something like WinDVD or PowerDVD before I can watch a DVD movie???? $200 for Windows 7 and I got to spend more bucks to enhance the Media Player???? I must be dreaming!!
I see you have a homebuilt PC but I don't see the make and model of your DVD drive in your PC specs. The problem could be an old drive or drive that needs a firmware update.
I recently rebuilt my PC but kept an old Toshiba DVD-ROM in the case and when I installed Win 7 neither WMP or WMC would play a DVD. WMP gave the message "cannot play this DVD because there is a problem with digital copy protection between your DVD drive, decoder, and video card. Try installing an updated driver
for your video card." WMC would give a message about the DVD being the wrong region code but the DVDs I was trying to play were for Region 1, the correct region.
I couldn't find any firmware update for the Toshiba (bought in 1999) and since I was looking to buy a DVD burner (having never had one) I bought a new HP burner and both WMP and WMC now play DVDs.