Question about Dell Latitude X300 Notebook
When i load a dvd i get a message say something along the lines of DVD decoder not found. This even happens with DVDs we have made of our own home videos.
Any idea what the problem may be and how i can solve so i can watch any DVDs on my Latitude?
You are missing the required codecs to play a dvd
however you can use a program like powerdvd to view movies but this requires the purchase of the software. there are good free options available. id recommend cliprex free and feature rich
here is the link
Posted on Feb 02, 2009
Sounds like your DVD drivers have been deleted or corrupt. Try reinstalling the drivers for the DVD. (If you have the cd with DVD software and drivers, this will be the best route.) Also, you can go to Dell support web page, enter your model information and download the drivers for your model, this should correct your problem. Good Luck.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
Tips for a great answer:
Are you using WMP or any third party players to play the dvds ?
I suggest you to check if the DVD region code is set to one (US) or not. If not, change it to one.
The region can only be changed five times, before its set permanently.
How do I change my DVD region?
DVD movies are encoded for different world regions, and your DVD-ROM drive must be configured for the appropriate region in order to play the DVD.
If you have DVD-decoder software installed on your computer, you can usually change the DVD region setting in the DVD decoder program. Follow the instructions in the program's Help file for changing the DVD region setting.
If you have a software or a hardware DVD decoder installed on your computer, you can use Device Manager to change the DVD region setting in your DVD-ROM configuration:
1. Click Start, right-click My Computer, and then click Properties.
2. On the Hardware tab, click Device Manager.
3. In the list of devices, double-click DVD/CD-ROM drives, right-click the DVD drive for which you want to change region settings, and then click Properties.
4. On the DVD Region tab, make the desired changes.
You must be logged on as an administrator or be a member of the Administrators group in order to change the DVD region.
Note that the DVD region for most DVD-ROMs can only be changed up to five times, and the number of changes still available is located on the DVD Region tab. If the tab shows that you can only change the setting one more time (Changes remaining = 1), you won't be able to play DVDs that use a DVD region that is different from your last selection. If you run out of opportunities to change the setting (Changes remaining = 0), contact your DVD-ROM's manufacturer to reset this value.
Also install DVD decoder as an issue with codec or DVD decoder could even cause the issue with DVD region code.
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia/player/plugins.aspx (Also applies to Windows 7)
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