I can no longer play movies on my laptop. its just skips along like a bad animation and sounds like theres an echo. i recently uninstaled Nero 7 that came with the laptop a few years ago. Do you think thats it?
Its just im going into hospital next week and watchin movies on this would help me stay calm lol.
Media player can be temperamental and after a while refuse to work properly, you don't mention what program you are using to watch the movies so I'm guessing it is media player.
You could try downloading and using VLC Media Player to see if that plays any better (click here) it's possible that uninstalling Nero 7 has caused corruption of some sort, have you tried re-installing it to see if it makes a difference.
If it is media player you can try reading through this page for possible solutions (click here)
Your comment about short animations and such which are on your laptop working fine leads me to suspect that the DVD drive is playing up and not the Media Players themselves, try downloading a small .avi file from some site and see if it plays OK, if so then it's probably DVD drive related.
There is a problem with upper and lower filter entries in the registry which can sometimes get corrupt when uninstalling burning software such as Nero. It usually manifests as Windows not recognising the drive, This link (click here) explains and lists a fix which might be worth trying, if you decide to try it out I would back up the registry before starting so you can recover it if the fix doesn't work.
Nero has an uninstall tool did you use that to uninstall it? If not it might have uninstalled improperly or there might be remnants left behind, and which may have caused the problem. Here is the link to the tool (click here) open the more details and download below the Nero 7 CleanTool heading scroll down a bit and click on the download button.
I'm unsure if it will detect remnants of the program if it's already uninstalled or not though it might be worth trying.
I would try the Nero Cleantool first before trying the registry fix.