DVD Decoder bit off topic

Submitted: Tuesday, Apr 26, 2005 at 15:56
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Have just got a external DVD player for my lap top to play DVD's in the car but it says I need a DVD Decoder does any one know if there is a free version on the net
as they all say free then you need to pay.
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Reply By: Bonz (Vic) - Tuesday, Apr 26, 2005 at 16:49

Tuesday, Apr 26, 2005 at 16:49
didnt you get a decoder with the unit?

I recall finding one on the net but it took a bit, I now have three or so
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Follow Up By: crfan - Tuesday, Apr 26, 2005 at 16:53

Tuesday, Apr 26, 2005 at 16:53
Hi Bonz ,
No It is hot swapable and runs everything but DVD's (movies) with out a decoder.
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Reply By: Member - Blue (VIC) - Tuesday, Apr 26, 2005 at 16:54

Tuesday, Apr 26, 2005 at 16:54
What brand is it? I have a Pioneer internal dvd player/burner, I could "lend" you a "back-up" copy of my software, it may be compatable.
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Follow Up By: crfan - Tuesday, Apr 26, 2005 at 16:58

Tuesday, Apr 26, 2005 at 16:58
Thank's Blue Good Idea maybe able to borrow one off a mate didn't even think of that.
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Reply By: flappa - Tuesday, Apr 26, 2005 at 17:00

Tuesday, Apr 26, 2005 at 17:00
By Decoder , you are talking about the software "player" for the puter ?

What windows you running ?

Windows Media Player should do it. Might just need updating.
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Follow Up By: crfan - Tuesday, Apr 26, 2005 at 17:07

Tuesday, Apr 26, 2005 at 17:07
Hi Flappa I'm running windows xp I need a de coder to run the dvd's
all the ones that are listed cost money there must be a free one out there but I just cant find one.
I think Bluey's Idea might be my best bet as I have a few mates with dvd players on there laptops.
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Follow Up By: flappa - Tuesday, Apr 26, 2005 at 17:13

Tuesday, Apr 26, 2005 at 17:13
Yeah , I run DVD's on my lappy (for the kids). I just watch it using Windows Media Player ????

I dont know what the diff would be using an external one ?

Maybe its the Drivers or Codecs that need upgrading ?
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Reply By: Member - JohnR (Vic) - Tuesday, Apr 26, 2005 at 17:44

Tuesday, Apr 26, 2005 at 17:44
crfan it sounds like the same message I got when I ran mine through a USB 1.1 and immediatly I got a USB PCMCIA card which provides me with two USB 2 compatible ports I was able to get it running. You don't actually say whether yours is USB or whatever.
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Follow Up By: crfan - Tuesday, Apr 26, 2005 at 17:51

Tuesday, Apr 26, 2005 at 17:51
Hi John,
Yes it is USB I have one port in the lap top and three in my work comp but wont run off either.It says I need a de-coder.
Thank you any way
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Follow Up By: Member - JohnR (Vic) - Tuesday, Apr 26, 2005 at 18:02

Tuesday, Apr 26, 2005 at 18:02
mine worked as soon as I connected it up to the PCMCIA card with the USB 2 Ports anyway, which was what mattered to me as I reloaded the software again. Hope you find it.
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Reply By: Mad Dog (Australia) - Tuesday, Apr 26, 2005 at 17:49

Tuesday, Apr 26, 2005 at 17:49
I had the same concern a couple of years ago. When attempting to play a DVD I was told no decoder was installed, nothing would play it windoze media player included. After some web searching I managed to track A free one down from some dodgy site, actually they had a lot of dodgy codecs for all kinds of stuff. I can't be of much help at the moment as I'm not at home, good luck.
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Follow Up By: crfan - Tuesday, Apr 26, 2005 at 17:54

Tuesday, Apr 26, 2005 at 17:54
Thanks mad dog sounds like what I'm after Ill keep looking
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Reply By: Brew69(SA) - Tuesday, Apr 26, 2005 at 17:55

Tuesday, Apr 26, 2005 at 17:55
try this site
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Reply By: Frank_Troopy - Tuesday, Apr 26, 2005 at 19:54

Tuesday, Apr 26, 2005 at 19:54
Maybe you don't have an mpeg-2 video codec. Try Stinky's http://www.free-codecs.com/download/Stinky_MPEG_2_Codec.htm and see if it does the trick.
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Reply By: emmetguy - Tuesday, Apr 26, 2005 at 20:26

Tuesday, Apr 26, 2005 at 20:26
If you have Limewire or Kazaa or some other file-sharing program on ur comp, you can do a Google search for, say 'DVD decoder reviews', select the one that suits you, then download a cracked version from Limewire (zip, not exe file), and youre away. Not sure of the legalities of this method, you would have to consider that, but I know it works a treat if you want a freebie.
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Reply By: Member - Craig M (NSW) - Wednesday, Apr 27, 2005 at 09:02

Wednesday, Apr 27, 2005 at 09:02
Hi,
Why not just go to the manufacturers website and see what sort of software they have available for download.
Most DVD drives usually come with some sort of software for playing and/or recording purposes.
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