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    Netbook No DVD Player

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    I bought My wife an Acer netbook for her birthday and she loves it.

    Like a lot of netbooks it came with Windows 7 Starter and no DVD
    player/burner. *So I thought, lets buy an external DVD player/burner,
    thatll solve the problem. *BUT.... 7 Starter will NOT play DVDs even though the external unit installed and was recognized by the netbook *:-?

    One solution would have been to upgrade to Windows 7 Home edition - but that would have added around $140 to the $65 cost of the DVD unit. *So after a lot of searching the net I discovered an open source program called VLC Media which solved the problem for FREE :-)

    If youre wanting to add a DVD unit to a Windows 7 Starter netbook, then download the program:
    http://www.videolan.org/vlc/

    It works beautifully *:D

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    Re: Netbook No DVD Player

    i used to use VLC too, bit too heavy these days i think.......i use SMPlayer now, very lite, with great codec too 8-)

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    Re: Netbook No DVD Player

    VLC also plays everything on a Mac.

    Greg

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    Re: Netbook No DVD Player

    OR...

    Using a desktop PC, you could rip everything onto an external usb hard drive and play off that.
    This essentially what i do when im away from home.

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    Re: Netbook No DVD Player


    I tried SMPlayer and KMPlayer but they both crashed under Win 7 Starter >:(

    VLC Media worked first time every time and has lots of configuration options for those who care to fiddle.

    I needed to be able to play a double DVD movie and didnt have the time to burn onto a USB 8-)

    Thanks for the suggestions.

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    Re: Netbook No DVD Player

    Personally I use Media Player Classic :)

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    Re: Netbook No DVD Player

    Quote Originally Posted by 2A2D363D3B33343A580 link=1270868121/5#5 date=1270897585
    Personally I use Media Player Classic :)
    I have found that nothing comes close to Windows Media Player (just sometimes the codecs limit its use)

    All versions are available for download & yes the Classic is still a great player

    KK



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