Hi, I have the Sony Vaio, Pentium 4, and the InterVideoWin 4 Program. I used to be able to use the program to run the movies, but now it will only maybe work for 10 min, then shut off.
Things I have done:
1. Checked out Realplayer
2. Cleaned w/ air the interior regions of comp I could get to.
3 wiped lens w/ lens cloth.
Tried other DVD, same thing.
Sometimes it will play, will quit. When I set up to play again it will come up with the burning DVD etc. screen & not with the play DVD screen questions. ANY IDEAS :( I am mucho frustrated. Thank you for your time!!
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Start by installing this program CCLEANER found here: http://www.filehippo.com/download_ccleaner/ Run the cleaner, registry delete the results. Go to TOOLS> STARTUP disable all programs you do not need to start at windows startup. Next, Install MALWAREBYTES found here: http://www.filehippo.com/download_malwarebytes_anti_malware/ Run a FULL scan , delete any results. NEXT, open IE9 in the top right corner of the page is a "gear" icon, left click>Manage add-ons, Toolbars and extentions, disable any TOOLBARS and the add-ons you do not need, move down to Search Providers, delete ones you do not use. Toolbars and extra search engines are killers on IE speed. Trim the weight to speed up you web broswer. The more that added to your broswer the slower it's go to be. Same with your laptop at startup.
Go to "Device Manager" and look for anything that has a yellow question mark. If you see this, you need to run the set up program for that device to install the driver/.inf file and let the setup program set other parameters.
Since you reformatted, you removed all your previous settings unless you backed those up previously. If it came with the laptop from the store, it should have come with a CD or DVD rom with the install program.
If you lost that, or cannot find it, go to the Sony website, select "support" and locate that driver or set up program and download it. Make an archive copy of it in case it is needed in the future. The device manager should identify what model of tuner card you have.
You can only change the region code 4 times and on the fourth time it locks on that region and you cannot change it again.
You can upgrade the firmware on your DVD drive to make it region free (if available for your model DVD), but if you install or make a mistake then your DVD drive will be a piece of junk.
The best solution is to run a piece of software that defeats the region code. I use DVD Region Free from www.dvdidle.com, it cost a few dollars and you get free updates forever, I also use their DVD copy program DVD FAB Gold, great software also free upgrades forever.
Did u install any other programs anfter your vista instalation? try to uninstall them one by one, My guess is that one of the programs "kidnaped" you camera. By uninstaling one by one you can easy find out witch one it is. After uninstalling one program test your camera. If it works again you that program is the problem.
Your problem is most likely a format or codec problem.(you dont have the right one installed) Download the free VLC media player here http://www.videolan.org/vlc/
Its a free program that plays almost everything, without the need for downloading new codecs all the time. If by chance this does not solve the problem, take note of the file extension of the file you are trying to play. Google "extension + .avi" to find out what plays an avi file google "extension +.mov" to find out that that is a QUICKTIME file.(which very well maybe as its very popular for movie cam formats)
If you dislike using VLC for some reason then you can buy and install the proper program to play the proper file kind *s* but VLC will play 99 % of files.
The Vaio / Sony combo DVD drives are renowned to be some of the worst on the market. Sony puts the cheapest cr*p in their laptop and it should be no surprise that after a couple of reads (10+) and writes (10+), your combo drive will be as good as junk... dead weight in your laptop. You'll also hear strange repetitive noises coming from it. I have 3 solutions: 1) Go to the Vaio support site, type your model number to get its page and search DVD upgrade firmware. This should 2 files. One is a .bin and the other is an executable to flash the drive with that .bin file. If the problem still persists then bad news. 2) Buy a USB2 external combo drive. This should be real cheap nowadays. 3) Check impactcomputers for a replacement internal drive. Prices have come down but still quite pricey.
Also if you can let those f*cks at Vaio know what you had to go through, that'd be great.