DVD movie disc Will not Play on my Computer

Seeing those red Netflix envelopes in your mailbox never gets old, even if you’ve watch 10,000 movies in the past year. Unfortunately, that premature joy can turn to spoils when the DVD won’t play on the computer. This can be especially embarrassing if you’ve booked a big screening or invited a date over. If you take some proper precautions, you’ll be watching that remastered version of Weekend at Bernie’s 2 in no time.

The first thing to check when the DVD won’t play on the computer is if your system is DVD capable. In older computers, a CD drive does not equivocate to a DVD player. If you have a DVD drive in your computer, this is step in the right direction.

There are certain codecs that need to be installed to enable computers to read a DVD. If the DVD won’t play on the computer and the system is asking you for which program to run, you may have to install a DVD decoder. This will help your system read the discs for use through the Windows Media Player. I have written an article on this subject Watch a DVD movie with Windows Media Player by installing a DVD codec

If you would like to avoid installing codecs, a highly recommended program that is available for free is the VLC Media Player. When you install this program on your computer, all the necessary codecs will fill your hard drive and the software is stable and user friendly.

Installing VLC player makes it even easier to play a DVD movie disc. It only takes a few minutes to install this free program, and then you are good to go.

How to open a DVD movie with VLC to play on your computer?

  1. Insert your dvd movie into your computer dvd drive.
  2. Open VLC media player.
  3. Press on the media menu.
  4. From the drop down list choose Open Disc.
  5. Your movie will open.
  6. If you choose open file you can open another type of media to play, like an avi.

Visit the Freeware Section to download VLC Player

The VLC player is easy to use.


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    With certain dvds (lie to me series, but surfing the internet I found many people had the same prob with many other series) when you slid the dvd in the laptop dvd slot and lauch vlc media player the following message would pop up “change your player menu setting to your native language” (I wrote it, hoping that other looking for a solution may come across this post).
    Following the instruction on this page I solved easily and without any further waste of time a vexing problem!!
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