So recently I bought some new DVD's, yay! So I thought; lets try some of the Extra-features out on the computer. So I put my DVD into my DVD-drive, and tried to open it with Windows Media Player. However, when I do this, Windows Media Player seems to have problems with opening it. It says I need a DVD-Decoder (or something along those lines). However, It seems that most of them have to be purchased. So I am now asking; are there (legal!), free DVD-Decoders?
I've got DivX, but that doesn't seem to work.
Most of the decent ones are commercial products, however your graphics card should have come packaged with a DVD decoder - if not, you can usually get one from your manufacturer's website. Note that you may have to provide proof that you actually own the appropriate graphics card in order to download. (For example, the ATI DVD decoder installer needs an original ATI driver CD to verify you can install their decoder; I imagine nVidia have a similar procedure.)
If you don't mind using a third party program to watch DVDs, however, I'd recommend VLC.
Oh ok, I'll try it out. Should be no problem, considering I still have the original CD for my Video Card.
And otherwise I'll just use the third party program.
A lot of the time your DVD drive will come with DVD playing software (PowerDVD is a common one, very easy to use)