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No video, but audio OK

Hi, I've just installed a Pioneer DVR 213LS (SATA interface) to replace a Sony DRU710A (EIDE I/F), I also loaded accompanying Nero 8 Essentials, with its media player. i already had Windows Media Player 11 installed.

The Sony worked fine in every respect, until it had mechanical problems opening/closing its tray. Eventually it stopped readin g CD/DVD altogether, so i got the Pioneer replacement.

After installation i discovered that it would not play video component of DVDs - the audio is fine. the Windows player says it 'can't turn on analog copy protection' and says to update video card driver. In Nero player, it says it 'requires Direct Draw Acceleration, which is not available on my system'

I have downloaded a firmware update for the Pioneer . no help. Device Manager tells me everything is working OK. Windows Update can't find an update for the video card

A friend suggested trying the free VLC media player - all video and audio functions work fine with this player!

The Window player is my preferred default player (lots of different users in the family) and i would like to get it working - especially as everything worked fine with the Sony.

Any Clues? (Windows XP, SP3, Celeron 2.20, 1GB RAM)

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This is due to some types of DVD's and readers like liking each other. A normal DVD can read these as the software in them is, well for the lack of terms, simplistic in the least.

Now as for the computer readers, they are much more complicated. And the software is really advanced. But, you can easily copy these DVD's using the right codecs if they are able to pass the copy right protection they have. Sometimes a DVD might not play at all, or have no video or audio. These are simply due to the codecs. I'd try updating all of the software you have, and also update your hardware drivers as well.

The reason VLC works is the simplicity. It has it's own codecs and they will bypass the copyright protection on most DVD's.

Windows XP is bad about Codecs, and the best advice I have for you right off hand is to upgrade to the newest Media Player (11), and update all your drivers. Also, install the third party drivers for the CD/DVD Drive as well. Sometimes the proper codecs are added in their driver sets.

I hope this helps you out bud. If there's anything else I can assist you with, I'd be more then happy. Like I said, it's just a simple matter of software vs. hardware.

Posted on Sep 20, 2008

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You should download the latest codecs

Posted on Sep 20, 2008

  • Sameer Kashyap Sep 20, 2008

    The first step i would like you to try is to download the K Lite codes from here and than check whether it is working or not.

    If it does not work that means that we are dealing with the issue with the Windows Media Player.
    To resolve the same i would recommend you to uninstall the Media Player and Reinstall the Media Player 11.0
    Steps to uninstall the Windows Media Player.
    Click Start>Control Panel>Add and remove programs
    From the list select the entry for windows media player and click Remove.
    Once it is completely uninstalled. Restart the computer.

    Steps to uninstall is simple as to download the Media Player 11 from here and install the same by following the instructions.

    This would resolve the issue than.



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