windows media player 11 can't play dvd (mpeg2 svcd/dvd)

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10-01-2006 02:36 PM
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I don’t want to download every codec on the planet to solve this, but my WMP doesn’t have the codec to play some DVDs. Have used AVIcodec to check what’s required and it says MPEG 2 (SVCD/DVD) for vid and AC3 DVM [0x80] for audio.
I would have expected the latest version of windows media player to cope with this?!?
I even bought and installed InverVideo’s DVDMP3 Xpack, but then I just got a reduce colour/change resolution message to show video. The audio played ok on an earlier version of WMP, but now it just complains that the codec is missing. Any help is appreciated - I’d rather load the one or two missing codecs rather than go into overkill and load everything in sight.

Dec aka sexiboi reply


11-11-2006 11:55 AM

bad microsoft. my windows media player 11 can’t play all dvd... reply


11-11-2006 05:38 PM

same here reply


11-12-2006 04:21 AM
4 posts

I don’t think it’s WMP11 though, as I’ve upgraded to that on my work pc, and it plays everything fine. reply


11-12-2006 07:03 PM

uninstall all ur other codecs and install this codec pack
and everything will work fine reply


11-13-2006 06:19 PM
4 posts

thanks jenclibee... but how do I uninstall all my existing codecs?? reply


11-13-2006 06:47 PM

sexiboi wrote:
thanks jenclibee... but how do I uninstall all my existing codecs??

if u have other codecs they will be in either ur program file list computer
2.the go into ur hardrive
3.then into program files
4.then navigate 2 installed codecs
5.unistall them


1.start menu
2.control panel
3.add/remove programs
4. navigate 2 each codec and remove

or u could just install the codec pack and just see it works if it still doesnt it mite be codecs conflicting with each other

but just try cant be any worse than uve already got

hope this helps reply


12-14-2006 03:17 AM

I have another solution i wasn’t able to play MPEG2 and other types of files but i downloaded DivX and it made everything work!!! So if you have the same problem as me just search free DivX and download it! It works great... ^_^ reply


11-30-2007 09:26 PM

Use VLC!! reply


12-11-2007 10:06 AM

I just want to watch a movie, will DivX work for that? reply


01-19-2008 07:24 PM

Yeah, works great! but is it possible to get it to work for Windows Movie Maker? all i get is audio... reply


02-19-2008 07:15 AM

I downloaded DivX for WMM (Windows Movie Maker). Does it really play DVDs!? Cya! reply


04-12-2008 06:01 PM

Have a new HP DVD Writer 1040 (USB), external. A few DVDs play, very well, but most of my DVDs don’t play at all. Windows Media Player 11; titles come up; but nothing plays. I downloaded the codec pack, but that didn’t make a difference. reply


04-14-2008 03:58 PM
1,580 posts

Ugh. Stop bumping old threads! Start new ones if you need to ask a question.
Anyway to answer your question, WMP does not play MPEG-2 or DVD’s by default. You need to install DVD software (WinDVD, PowerDVD, and tons of others listed here).
Interestingly Microsoft did add MPEG-2 support in Windows Vista - but only Ultimate and some other version (I forget which one but I think it’s Home Premium - correct me if I’m wrong). You can play DVD with those.

Tip: Get Media Player Classic (freeware - google it), and click file, open DVD. You didn’t hear that from me though... reply


05-17-2008 06:42 PM

I had the same problem with WMP on vista until I uninstalled Quicktime... then it worked fine reply


06-02-2008 01:13 PM
1 posts

ok so ive got a solution for who ever still has a problem with Netflix and WMP11 go to download SDK runtime and DRM reset. run the SDK, reboot, run DRM reset, load netflix and watch movies.........Predator has killed another problem... reply


06-06-2008 01:21 PM
4 posts

Microsoft_employee wrote:
Use VLC!!

I downloaded and installed “vlc-0.8.6f-win32.exe” but it did not solve my problem of being unable to play NetFlix DVD’s. I’m assuming that you are referring to the Linux “guaranteed to run any DVD movie” software? Well, unless I’ve overlooked doing something important, it doesn’t work for me.

I wish I had a step-by-step procedure to guide me through the process of uninstalling/reinstalling things in the proper sequence. MS Windows Media Player appears to me very deficient when it comes to playing DVD’s on Windows XP (Home). Too bad! reply


09-29-2008 02:30 AM

i installed and works perfect to me despite that my computers is way old!!!! reply


10-04-2008 11:40 AM

screwthis... i’m using my ps2 reply


12-07-2008 01:36 PM

Go to those “free” codec download sites and download all the spam, malware and viruses you could ever desire.
Don’t bother to read the fine print cuz hey, you’ll be in too bigga hurry to get the goods, right?
You’llll beeee sorrrrry!
No kidding... READ the fine print. There’s no such thing as a free lunch and even the cool looking open source sites like: ... see.. ...
... are BOGUS.
The reason your DVD’s play on some computers and not others is because some other program. Roxio Premium for instannce, has installed the codec as part of it’s package.
Go to Microsoft or Roxio’s site or another KNOWN trusted ( Microsoft ...or anyone nowadays ..hahaha)..
Ahem...., I was saying.. trusted site and pay the $15 bucks. You’ll be glad you did.

Don’t say I didn’t warn ya ...

Peace, love ... and um ..granola,

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