I have just purchased this older Laptop from my grandson's school, I am trying to watch a DVD and it keeps telling me I don't have a decorder installed... I am using Windows media player, I am really not that computer savy, any help is greatly appreciated........
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what disc your using to boot?
just leave bootable disc in the dvd drive such as OS and drivers dell disc.
power off then on the laptop keep tap on F12 then select onboard CD/DVD ROM then press enter then tap space bar.
if still not reading any disc then have you dvd drive replace.
if there error appeared while windows copying files then disc OS or the DVD ROM might be faulty. Try to test first the ODD if it is faulty. Use the drivers and utilities cd from dell to test the DVD ROM. If DVD ROM reads fine the drivers disc then try the OS disc to a different computer if it can load vista files. if not the OS disc has the problem. If no issues with OS disc and DVD Rom then it might be the HDD.
Both Dell Part numbers 18THT and 5W299 are 8X DVD-ROM Drive Modules. DPN 18THT is compatible with Latitude C series and DPN 5W299 is compatible with Latitude D series. The two drives have different and incompatible connectors.
Your Latitude C640 is a C Series Latitude. You can therefore not use DPN 5W299.
If you need a DVD drive module, get DPN 18THT or an alternative Latitude C series drive.
You probably need to clean out the pc. Get rid of programs that are not needed or used. Do a "Disk Cleanup", Defrag until it takes only about 1-2 min to complete. Get an Anti-spyware/malware as well as an Anti-spyware program and run it once a week.
You might want to also invest in more RAM. 512mb these days isnt much.
I'm assuming you have tried a different dvd also and no joy, but it may need a lens clean or it is unable to read dvd anymore as the tracks are closer together than a cd and the alignment of the laser is faulty.
Notebook roms are replaceable but only mainly from your notebook manufacturer.
You could also use an external dvd writer via usb, although this then doesn't make your notebook as portable, if you need to read a dvd disc.