Is there a minimum requirement to play DVD's?

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#1

I have been try to get a dvd rom to play dvds but with no success.

The dvd rom is in a Acer Aspire which is 300hz PII with 400MB memory.

The unit itself is a Hitachi Dvd GD-500.

I have tried a number of player but they all seem to fail.

Here is what one of the reports. This was Lalim Compact Player.

VLC caused an invalid page fault in
module <unknown> at 0000:b00c5457.
Registers:
EAX=ffffffff CS=0167 EIP=b00c5457 EFLGS=00010206
EBX=830016ac SS=016f ESP=03d8f76c EBP=000002d0
ECX=000001e0 DS=016f ESI=00000000 FS=35ef
EDX=ddbd3f00 ES=016f EDI=830017b4 GS=0000
Bytes at CS:EIP:
c7 86 84 00 00 00 a4 01 00 00 89 4e 7c e9 ee 03
Stack dump:
830017b4 830016f4 03d8f85c 830016ac 000001e0 ffffffff 03d8fab8 bffa1d67 00000024 830017b4 b00c4523 b00c456d 830016ac 10000000 8310001c 03d8f924

This the error reported by DVDPlayer another program.

DVDPLAY caused an invalid page fault in
module <unknown> at 0000:b00c5457.
Registers:
EAX=ffffffff CS=0167 EIP=b00c5457 EFLGS=00010216
EBX=82fec094 SS=016f ESP=006ee850 EBP=000002d0
ECX=000001e0 DS=016f ESI=00000000 FS=2eaf
EDX=c17a6530 ES=016f EDI=82fec19c GS=0000
Bytes at CS:EIP:
c7 86 84 00 00 00 a4 01 00 00 89 4e 7c e9 ee 03
Stack dump:
82fec19c 82fec0dc 006ee940 82fec094 000001e0 ffffffff 006eeb9c bffa1d67 00000024 82fec19c b00c4523 b00c456d 82fec094 10000000 830eb210 006eea08

In both case it was an caused an invalid page fault
I checked the System status of the DVD rom and it report that it was ok with no problems.

Placed a music cd and it played the cd . Just can not get it to play a DVD.

What do I have to do to get this to work??


#2

generally speaking you need about 400-450mhz CPU for smooth playback of DVD’s.


#3

Unofficially, a good rule of thumb, the absolute min generally speaking is a 350mhz PIII non celeron CPU.

Of course the more the better.


#4

It also depend very much on the player program and level of features you use. For example, IIRC, PowerDVD newest version must have 2GHz for full feature smooth playback :slight_smile:

Anyways, try using open source freeware program Windows Media Player Classic, you can install it with the k-lite codec pack from http://www.free-codecs.com/download/K_Lite_Codec_Pack.htm.

When you playback you must stop all other programs that you do not use.

If you must use this PC, maybe you can consider using a DVD decoder card. I once used Hollywood Plus card on Celeron 300MHz with perfect results, actually better than only software player.


#5

how big is your page file?


#6

I would answer your question if I know what it meant?
Where would I find this information out?

So if you could explain what you want I can try and give you the answers.


#7

Update all drivers and DirectX, if that doesn’t help I’d suggest a clean reinstallation of Windows.
As for DVD playing your computer is on the edge, if you have no hw compensation (decoding) you’ll most likely experience some stuttering.
//Danne


#8

An inadequate speed should NOT cause that kind of error.

The mention of VLC in the Lalim player error, suggests that it is actaually based on the videolan player
http://www.videolan.org/

Mediaplayer Classic is a possibility, but a 300MHz P-II is a bit light for the task unless it gets enough help from the video card - MPC gets very jumpy, rather than dropping frames progressively, but it runs .

I’d go with video card drivers and DirectX version as being the most likely problem at the moment, but I don’t hold out much hope of a smooth playback unless you’re lucky with the video card performance - it may be better in “Truecolour” (24/32 bit mode) as that cuts out some colour conversion.


#9

Try PowerDVD 4.


#10

You should also check to see if your motherboard is good, more so if the memory is good.
Try memtest http://www.memtest86.com or some other program to test memory