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    ok guys whats a decent DvD De-coder and not real expensive???

    HD quality if there is such a thing. i have this beautiful 22" monitor and i never thought about a DvD De-coder when i was putting this machine together soooooooo what is out there for me??????

  • #2
    Re: DVD De-coder

    Are you talking about DVD player software?

    I use Intervideo DVD and I think it's not too bad. VLC plays DVD's too but I don't really like the interface much.

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    • #3
      Re: DVD De-coder

      The normal Windows decoder has always worked fine for me. I use Media Player Classic to play them though.

      For not-free and if you have an nVidia card, they have a good decoder. (though pricey at $50) If you want HD acceleration (H.264/Blu-Ray/HD-DVD) with an nVidia card, you need to get PowerDVD or WinDVD. (These may support ATI acceleration too, not sure)

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      • #4
        Re: DVD De-coder

        well the players that come with the movies(Interactual) and so on are just players. there has to be a de-coder for the player to interpet or understand what its being sent.. well thats what i have read so far anyway..... reg Windows media player or any Windows stock player does not come with a De-Coder so no it wont work.

        most pre-built machine( Dell, HP,, Compaq) you know them all come loaded with the software if they promote watching DvD's on their computers....

        mine is home built and i never thought of it till i wanted to watxh a movie the other night and got the error message stating i need a de-coder to proceed :(

        ill look into the nvidia one next pay,,, ty for the respounces....

        is there any FREE de-coders?????

        prolly not sooooooooooo looks like ill be buying one :)

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        • #5
          Re: DVD De-coder

          VLC is free and I don't think it needs a decoder installed. I'm using it on my laptop with Vista without any other DVD decoder installed. Intervideo installs a decoder along with the player. I'm going to check out the Miro player that was posted in another thread. I like the concept of VLC but hate the interface. Maybe Miro provides a much better interface.

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          • #6
            Re: DVD De-coder

            Originally posted by Cappy View Post
            well the players that come with the movies(Interactual) and so on are just players. there has to be a de-coder for the player to interpet or understand what its being sent.. well thats what i have read so far anyway..... reg Windows media player or any Windows stock player does not come with a De-Coder so no it wont work.
            The InterVideo player that comes on most DVDs includes a decoder.

            Also, I'm not sure if there are different installs of WinXP, but Windows Media Player has a built in DVD decoder. It might have come from a Windows Update, but I definitely didn't have to download any third party software.

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            • #7
              Re: DVD De-coder

              just running stock XP home ehre,,, i could see how Media player may come with it.... i just know HOME didnt....

              its telling me i didnt anyway... when i get back from work ill find it and post what it says... 5 am time to go to work now :( see ya'all at 2 pm est :)

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              • #8
                Re: DVD De-coder

                I don't remember WinXP Pro coming with a decoder. I always had to install some other program like Intervideo before WMP would play DVD's.

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