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External DVD drive won't play DVD moies

The drive won't play DVD movies. I have tried two different discs and neither one will be recognized in Windows Media Player or Autoplay. The only Autoplay options I get are Upload Files to Dropbox or Do Nothing.

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Looks like you need a decoder
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/play-a-cd-or-dvd-in-windows-media-player

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What software do u use to write DVDs on both PCs...
if they are different then that may be the issue....
dont spoil the DVDs....
try DVD RW disks...that way you can erase them later...
i too have the same DVD writer, not had any issue in either XP or Win7....i have dual boot and have made many movie DVDs using both OS...i use Nero and Power2Go of LG(the install disk that came with the LG DVD writer has this great software...."LG Power tool")
try this tool...it should work...

the inbuilt DVD creator in Win7 has some issues with DVD creation....due to non compatibility of graphics card and display drivers (WDDM)....+ you may not have the correct codec required to burn DVDs.....
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Whether you have Windows 7 or Windows Vista, your HP Pavilion may experience problems playing your DVDs.
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Reschedule the virus scan to another time or disconnect the scan temporarily and then reconnect the scan when you have finished watching your movie.

Disconnect from the Internet while watching movies.
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Turn off your printer, scanners and other external devices connected to your HP Pavilion while you watch movies.
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Click "Start," "All Programs," "Recovery Manager," and then "Recovery Manager." Click "Continue" if prompted by Windows 7. This will bring up the HP Recovery Manager window.
Click "Software Program Reinstallation" and then "Next."
This will bring up the HP Software Program Reinstallation window, which allows you to reinstall the programs that originally came with your HP Pavilion.
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