DVD films will not play

  Graham. 23:07 16 May 09

Relatively new Vista PC with Media Player. This is is the first time I've tried to play a 'movie', but Media Player says it is playing, but nothing on screen.

What's up?

  User-1229748 23:12 16 May 09

if you go into device manager does it say it is working properly?

  Graham. 23:15 16 May 09

Yep. It does everything else perfectly.

  MAT ALAN 23:20 16 May 09

click here

could be a codec issue (file type not recognized)

  Graham. 23:26 16 May 09

Thanks for that. I shouldn't need to install separate utilities, should I?

Media Player opens OK but nothing appears, it just says it is playing. I've tried home made and original DVDs.

  phono 23:36 16 May 09

See click here it is for XP but should also apply to Vista.

Also take a look at click here

  MAT ALAN 23:52 16 May 09

Vista Ultimate and Home Premium include the codec for DVDs. Vista Home Basic and Business do not.

still could be a codec issue,won't hurt to download them anyway...

  Graham. 09:23 17 May 09

I can get DVDs to play by 'Open with' Media Player, always use this program. I just need it to Autoplay.

  Graham. 09:28 17 May 09

'Play CDs... automatically' set in Control Panel.

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