Whatdo I need to play DVDs via my DVD ROM drive

  wobblymike 22:02 30 Oct 2003

I have just fitted a DVD ROM drive to my PC (running XP Pro) I understand I need some DVD software before I can play a DVD. Can anyone advise me what I need and is it available for download or do I have to buy it commercially. Thanks

  RJKnight 22:07 30 Oct 2003

You're in need of a DVD Decoder. There is such a program available for Windows Media Player but I've had incredible trouble locating it so I downloaded the trial of DirectDVD.

The program looks good but it needs to be purchased to be of any use as the trial only allows 5 minutes of playback. It's worth getting the trial anyway to see if you like the program.


  dfghjkl 22:11 30 Oct 2003

i got "power dvd" with my dvd player but it was packaged as "free software" i would recomend it it also allows you to use windows media player and real player to view dvd,s.i am sure i have seen it as a free download,maybe from download.com or even the power dvd web site,i have also seen software on a magazine freebie.i am sure google will throw up some suggestions.

  Proxy Worm 22:18 30 Oct 2003

You need a programme to run it of, I would reccomend Power DVD or WINDVD player. There are free ones like click here. Look through that list or pay for one.

  wobblymike 22:33 30 Oct 2003


thank you very much indeed I have found a copy of power dvd on e bay I will try and get it. Thanks again

  keenan 22:35 30 Oct 2003

Power dvd click here scroll down or click here for a free one.hav,nt used it personally.

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