My only bug bear with vista is media player. Just had some dvd's from amazon arrive they play ok on xp laptop.
but on vista ultimate one dvd drive will not play them [drive a few years old] the other drive plays ok for about 5 minutes then freezes. tried restart, latest nvidia driver installed plus k-lite codec latest non beta version, tried some other film dvd's daughter had same problems. device manager says ok. the older dvd player is region free the other is set region 2 never been changed.
downloaded DivX from your link but cannot work out how to play a DVD movie with it.
When I put a dvd in DivX does not come up in the list of available players. [tried classic media player same problem with dvd freezing]. used open with option in DivX but it takes to folders on the dvd rather than play it. also used repair codecs in k-lite tools.
any more advice please could a duff dvd player cause this
The Divx player only plays Divx movies but the codecs are sometimes needed. K-lite does support divx just thought original were better. It seems a coincidence that both drives could be duff so I'd try and borrow an external usb DVD drive and try playing a video on that. If that plays ok then it's not a codec problem.