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Unable to watch DVD cd

I want to watch movies thru CDs. But the message I get is ' instal a DVD Decoder" How and from which website can I download a FREE DVD Decoder. TKS

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Re: Unable to watch DVD cd

Good luck- nobody gives away a dvd player software for free these days. Usually they come bundled with Nero- or other burning software. You can try bittorrent- but look at the comments- usually you are downloading a virus too. Try a local computer repair shop- they will probably have one they can sell you cheap.

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I have a gateway laptop and i am trying to watch movies but it says the dvd decoder isn't installed it is an LG.


Install the dvd driver into your computer. You can also try using RadarSync to update the decoder. I think it went outdated that's why it's not working properly. Updating it would fix the issue.


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I have purchased the Dell Mini 10 Inspiron Netbook along with the iomega DVD slim drive. i cannot watch DVD movies on my Netbook as the compatible DVD decoder is not there. kindly let me know how I can...

Windows Media Player does not usually ship with a DVD codec.

1) One easy solution would be download the free (and popular) video player from VLC. Software is ready to go (already has the codec you need to run VLC player).

I use this and it has been trouble free for me.

2) You might be able to find the codec you want here...

Probably easiest to download and install the FULL pack.

There is also a forum for Dell Mini 10 users at

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I just bought a note book computer and I also bought a asus external dvd drive, But I not get it to plat dvd?s

Did you install a DVD player disc that came with the unit? DVD's require a special mpg4 format decoder in order to understand the DVD disc. If you just connected the device it will read data DVD's Music DVD's and regular CD's. But, to play Movie DVD's you need to install the player program, which in turn installs the proper mpg4 codec. If it did not come with a player you can download mpg4 codecs from the internet in a package called "codec pack" Hope that helps you to watch your Latest Releases! Cheers.

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My dvd drive on dell inspiron e1405 says "decoder error" and will not play a dvd. Cds work fine. I just took it in to have a virus taken off and everything was reinstalled........thanks

You can go to and enter your TAG number of the computer and download the dvd decoder software that was installed when it was built.

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The standard version has Windows Vista® Home Basic Edition SP1. This version do not have native support for decoder to watch DVD movies. Install a good DVD player like WinDVD or any other DVD player software. This will install the necessary decoder. Once this is done even if the installed trial version expire, your windows media player will still play the movies. However, if you like the software, make it fully licensed version on-line. Hope this helps.

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Acer Aspire 1642z dvd decoder not installed error message

Your friend probably reinstalled a "generic" version of Windows,
and did NOT use the CD-ROMs that were supplied by ACER with your computer.

If you still have those disks, maybe one of them is an "Applications" disk, and you can reinstall the "missing" applications from that CD-ROM.

Or, if you don't have that set of CD-ROMs, contact ACER, and order a replacement set. Usually, the fee is $20, plus the cost of courier-shipping.

Or, look at ACER's web-site -- they may make those applications available for free download.

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My computer isn't leting me watch dvds

Give this a try it should help if you goto you should find a codec pack. Download it and install. dvd's and cd's not working due to not having a lot of codecs installed is a common problem. Start with that first see if it helps. If not post and let me know

Mar 17, 2009 | Acer Aspire 5630 Notebook

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Dvd decoder

its easy.

i can provide u this magic tool.

  1. download it from here.
  2. instgall it.
  3. insert DVD.
  4. run the K-Lite Codec.
  5. choose file.
  6. choose run DVD.
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Feb 10, 2009 | Acer Aspire 4520-5582 Notebook

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Dvd decoder

Go to the following website to download a Decoder for Windows Media Player:

Hope you find what you are your looking for! Good Luck!
If you have any more problems let me know.

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Cannot play dvds as drivers lost when changing from vista to xp home.when enter dvd it says dvd decoder and drives lost

If you are running XP, you will need to install a DVD playback application. IN VIsta, DVD playback is native to WIndows, in XP, Dell used a program called Cyberlink PowerDVD. You can either buy PowerDVD on line or download a free DVD playback application from places like I've had good luck with the AVS DVD player here:

If you just installed XP on this system, it is also important that all the drivers are installed and in the correct order. Dell's preferred order is:

Notebook System Software
Chipset Utility
Video Driver
Sound Driver
Modem Driver
Network Driver
Wireless Driver
Touchpad Driver
Quickset Utility

Drivers are available here:

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