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Acer 5100 i have a problem reading dvd discs. my dvd player reads only cds! all of a sudden! i tried everything to fix it and post questions on forums-but nothing helped.  my dvd model is slimtype DVD A DS8A1P. please helpthanks

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  • gigach38 Oct 18, 2007

    no i don't. i use windows media player. do i need that kind of software? i have windvd but i didn't install it.

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Do you have a DVD Player software like WINDVD or InterDVD player?.

Posted on Oct 17, 2007

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    Peter Hirawani Oct 18, 2007

    Unless your Windows media Player has the DVD codec it will not play your DVD YES you install WinDVD then you should see your DVDs.

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