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Chapter 6. Troubleshooting Multimedia an... > Troubleshooting DVD Playback

Troubleshooting DVD Playback

If you're using your PC as a DVD movie player, you're not alone. With most new PCs now containing some type of DVD drive, it's easier than ever before to boot up your favorite new release or classic film on your PC. However, if you want to watch a DVD movie on your computer screen, there's more to the process than just sliding your favorite comedy or epic into the DVD drive. You must use a DVD player program to convert the movie into computer-readable form. Most DVD drives, including those built into notebook computers, and many mid-range and high-end graphics cards include a DVD player program. If you think you didn't install the program, dig out the discs you received with your DVD drive, notebook computer with built-in DVD drive, or display adapter and see if you forgot to install the DVD player program. If you did, install it to begin your journey into DVD on PC.

“Free” Spyware on Some DVDs—An Offer You Should Refuse!

Some movie DVDs include DVD player programs you can install if you don't have a DVD player already installed. Unfortunately, virtually all of these “free” DVD players contain some type of spyware (see “Slamming Spyware,” Chapter 2, p. 160, to learn more about spyware). Don't install a DVD player program included with a DVD movie. Instead, use a player provided by your video card, system, or DVD drive vendor, or purchase a DVD player program separately. You don't need the privacy violations and system performance problems that spyware causes.



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