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Codec" is a technical name for "compression/decompression". It also
stands for "compressor/decompressor" and "code/decode". All of these
variations mean the same thing: a codec is a computer program that both
shrinks large movie files, and makes them playable on your computer.
Codec programs are required for your media player to play your
downloaded music and movies.
Download below mentioned codec to resolve the problem.
After installing Windows, you need to install the laptop's device drivers (this includes the audio driver). You can download the device drivers from the laptop manufacturer's WEB site, select your model laptop to download the drivers.
Possibly you do not have codecs installed, they allow either windows media player or other players to decode the dvd then play it. If you want to save the hassle of searching for them, get Cyberlink DVD player....it is a DVD player that strictly plays DVD's without having to get a codec or decoder. OR...If you have Win XP, their is a small DVD Codec specifically designed for Windows Media Player called "DVD Decoder Pak for Windows XP" the size is 1MB.
The standard version has Windows Vista® Home Basic Edition SP1. This version do not have native support for decoder to watch DVD movies. Install a good DVD player like WinDVD or any other DVD player software. This will install the necessary decoder. Once this is done even if the installed trial version expire, your windows media player will still play the movies. However, if you like the software, make it fully licensed version on-line. Hope this helps.
You will need a tv tuner dongle that plugs into the usb port. These are available from all good PC stores. They do these for all formats of TV so you would be able get one that decodes cable and you would have the added benefit of being able to use your laptop as a PVR so you can record your favourite programs straight to your laptop.
good luck- nobody gives away a dvd player software for free these days. Usually they come bundled with Nero- or other burning software. You can try bittorrent- but look at the comments- usually you are downloading a virus too. Try a local computer repair shop- they will probably have one they can sell you cheap.