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Dvd drive on laptop

Dvd will not play - a diaologue box comes up and says i do not have a dvd decoder installed. it was working untill now i cannot figure out why it stopped working

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You need a piece of software to play DVD movies. Is this an actual DVD movie, or is it an MP4 or WMV/WMA file?

Usually you need something like WinDVD to play a DVD movie. I don't think Media Player can play those.

Did you recently install another piece of software that might have affected your ability to play DVDs?

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