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How to play DVDs on a netbook

Getting the correct codec to play movies on a netbook

QUESTION I want to watch DVDs on my Acer Aspire One netbook using an external drive, but I appear to be missing the necessary software. Neil McAllister

HELPROOM ANSWER You need a package that contains the correct codec to play DVDs in Windows.

This can be anything from the full-blown CyberLink PowerDVD suite to the basic playback program that’s supplied with some drives.

VLC Media Player has its own codec to decrypt DVDs, but you need to browse to the necessary file within the DVD to begin playback.

Alternatively, CyberLink PowerDVD player can be found online for around £10.

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