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Make sure first your drive is in fact a DVD player and not just a CD player. If you are using windows xp you can click on start button, click on control panel, open system, select hardware tab and click
on Device manager. The picture below you will see if your computer came with a DVD or just a regular CD player. If its a DVD it should come with a software like PowerDVD or Cyberlink that you need to install. If you dont have any of these or they are not working you can try downloading VLC player using this link http://download.cnet.com/VLC-Media-Player/3000-13632_4-10267151.html.
Optical drives do not require any driver when used in Vista\XP\7. Support
that allows this drive to read a data or music disk is included with the
OS. Support that allows this drive to play a DVD movie disk comes from
installing compatible DVD decoding software. Alternatively you can try this: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/929461 I hope this helps.
Looks like you are missing the DVD decoder. If you are using Windows lower than Vista Home Basic (Including) like Windows XP, they do not have the DVD decoder installed natively. Download a decoder and install it. Better still get a Good DVD player like Win DVD Player. You can also try this. Install a trial version of a DVD player. Even after the trial period expires probably your DVD will still work since the decoder is now there. Not checked but it might. In any case, if you like the player you can make it fully licensed on-line.
If it's about you not being able to play DVD's with your media player, it's because you need a media player capable of doing that - i use http://www.videolan.org/vlc/ .
Click on Windows, in the next window select the closest location to you, select Save (nor Run) and wait for it to completely download, close the browser and launch the installer, set it as your default media player. When the install is finished just play whatever you want with it.
Hi there. If the lens was damaged it wouldn't read at all. Its asking for a decoder, you have to buy these, they are programs like PowerDVD etc. If you don't want to pay for a decoder then use VLC Player, this will play your DVD's as its universal. Get it here >>>>>>>
The decoding program was apparently lost during the restore. Follow the link bellow, it will take you to the decoding software download at IBM's support site. This should correct your problem, if not let me know.