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This is a thank you, not a problem...

WOW thank you SO SO much for helping me with my problem (where windows media player wouldn't play dvds)
the k-lite codec pack that you advised me to install now works beautifully, and my computer plays dvds!!!! (off of media player classic-which i now have)

i send you a very BIG THANK YOU for helping me out, especially when i was very frustrated with this problem. you are absolutley wonderful!!

thank you thank you THANK YOU !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

--SPUD

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