[QUOTE=Snexel;2550802]hi my problem is this:
last month vlc upgraded the player and it worked fine then started to scramble the view, online forum advice didn’t help much either, am not a tech wiz.
so tried downloading Uplayer -worked once, then Media Player Classic and that just came up with a ‘fail’ notice.
i’d use wmp but each time is wrong region.
i’d use a dvd player but my it’s in my sis’s room lol i got the video player.
i have a dell inspiron 1720, was a mix up at the shop as i wanted a 1520, go figure.[/QUOTE]
I’m not sure I understood correctly, but are you referring to movies in your HDD or to DVD discs? Did you check what region are these discs? Computer drives allow to change DVD region only 4 times, and if you changed region 4 times, the drive will remain set to latest region chosen. The only way to reset it is installing a not-official firmware, but this will void warranty and it is also possible that such a firmware is not available at all.
[QUOTE=AllanDeGroot;2550841]I for one have never seen the point of VLC
It is IMO a clunky and inconvenient way to play anything.
Particularly when WMP11 and a FREE codec pack (either of the two most popular available on cnet downloads) seem to do the same job without the inconvenient user interface of VLC and without VLC tagging every media file on every drive in your computer as a “VLC Media File” with their stupid little traffic cone icon.
I’ve actually had a computer refuse to play any media files with any program other than VLC after it was installed…
I can repeat this error if anyone wants to drop by for a demonstration…
The point is that VLC requires no codec installation because is able to play almost everything out of the box, and actually is also possible to use it in portable mode, so no installation is needed also for VLC player itself.
Any installation causes a mess in windows registry, and codec packs are known to make a mess too (not my personal experience, but I read about a lot of people reporting problems after installing codec packs).
With the portable version of VLC, there is no file association so no ugly icon is used for media files. This happens only after installing the software
Another advantage of portable versions is that you can still keep the previous versions so after trying a new release if you find some bugs you can still use the previous (working) version waiting for a bug-fix to be released. After testing, if you want get rid of an old version you can simply delete the directory where you put it