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Windows 7: Can not play commercial DVD movies with win7 ultimate

22 Jan 2013   #11

W7 Ultimate SP1, LM18.2 MATE, W10 Home, #All 64 bit
Check the manufacturer's website ...

You may have to go to the manufacturer's website to get the latest driver for your graphics card.

I find the Windows Driver Updater to be a bit "hit and miss".

I've used K-Lite Mega Codec Pack (with Media Player Classic - Home Cinema) for years.
The only problems I've had:
  • A couple of years ago rmvb files stopped playing (that problem was fixed after about 6 months)
  • Occasionally Flash videos won't play (those times I use VLC)

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22 Jan 2013   #12

Win7 Home Premium x64

Try running slysoft's AnyDVD in the background while you play DVDs. It's not free sadly, but you can try it for (I think) 21 days before purchasing it to see if it does resolve your issue. Not a "fix" per-se, but a viable work-around.
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22 Jan 2013   #13

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64

You should not have to add anything to Windows 7 to play a dvd, and just because your pc is old has nothing to do with it.

I have a Dell 4550 (2003) with a 478 Pentium 4 2.6 and QuadroFX video card, runs dvd`s fine.

Why are you even trying to watch dvd`s on it.
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22 Jan 2013   #14

Windows 7 Professional x64

Are you by any chance running WinTV on your PC? If so, this can cause the error message you get about installing the latest video driver, etc. Just uninstall WinTV.
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23 Jan 2013   #15

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

No winTV installed.
Just wanted to make it work.

I put another DVD player-writer Lite-on which was made in 2006 and it now plays DVD in WMP fine.
No hiccups just like any powerful new PC today.

What I think is it must have some firmware that tells WMP, I can play this DVD legally.
Something the older DVD drive is missing.

IMO, this kind of thing is forced hardware upgrades where a collusion exists between software and hardware makers forcing consumers to buy new hardware and dropping support for perfectly good old hardware. And it happens on many things. The older DVD player was perfectly acceptable, worked for reading DVD and CD's, not writing them.

So If they wanted they could make it work, but they dont and they wont. Of course it works fine in Linux and with PowerDVD.

The old Drive is Hitachi GD-2000 which used to be in a Compaq PC and I think was made around 2000.

Also the windows property page did not show a DVD page, so also might be a windows driver issue.

Here is the new one

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23 Jan 2013   #16

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

here is the GD-2000 property page not showing DVD for regions.
I have them both installed.

I wonder if windows since it is complaining about being incompatible with the region marking on this disk has to do with the drive not showing a DVD region in the properties page. So windows says it has no region, and then I wont play the disk idea.

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23 Jan 2013   #17

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64

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 Can not play commercial DVD movies with win7 ultimate

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