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Old 04-15-02, 06:02 PM
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What is the BEST DVD Player software that will work with WinXP?

What is the BEST DVD Player software that will work with WinXP?


I am using a Dell XPS-T

Upgraded to Celeron 1.2 Ghz
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Old 04-15-02, 06:11 PM
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I like powerdvd myself.

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Old 04-15-02, 08:24 PM
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I also use powerDVD. You can also download a little plugin that lets you watch DVDs through Windows Media Player.
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another vote for powerdvd xp
Old 04-16-02, 12:21 AM
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try roxio video cd player goes to full screen with all controls
Old 04-16-02, 01:06 AM
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PowerDVD works great for me with XP.
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Power DVD4 all the way
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Originally posted by dvddude23
Power DVD4 all the way
ditto.
Old 04-16-02, 02:07 AM
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and where does one find this powerdvd?
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Originally posted by BadlyDrawnBoy
and where does one find this powerdvd?
http://www.gocyberlink.com/english/p....jsp?ProdId=28
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also, it might come bundled with DVD roms...
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Originally posted by dvddude23
Power DVD4 all the way
Can't think any better than PowerDVD.
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I like PowerDVD too :-)

I'll add my sentiments--PowerDVD XP 4.0 is the best software DVD player around for playing back DVD discs on the computer monitor.

The best thing about PowerDVD XP 4.0 is not only does it co-exist safely with Windows XP, but it also support the MPEG-2 decoding functions of most of today's graphics card chipsets (and that includes the new nVidia GeForce4 series, which Cyberlink has a free patch). That means much lower CPU cycle usage when playing DVD movies. You can also get add-on packs that will allow PowerDVD XP 4.0 to decode DTS audio streams, too.

Oh one more thing: the system resource usage of PowerDVD XP 4.0 is probably the lowest of the software DVD decoding programs out there right now.
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one thing I like about PowerDVD is the fact that it can downmix 5.1 sound to 4.1. I'm sure most players can do this now, but still a nice perk.
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Having used power dvd and windvd (also zoom and ati), powerdvd kicks butt. I couldn't imagine using anything other then powerdvd to play a DVD.
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I always use PowerDVD and WinDVD. WinDVD used to have a better image quality but with the release of PowerDVD XP 4 it is about the same.

Go with WinDVD or PowerDVD, you won't be disapointed.
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i use windvd and powerdvd. to be honest, as long as they play the movies fine, i don't really prefer one over another.

i tried directDVD - the demo and i found it to be good too. but since i have the other two, i didn't feel like i needed to switch or anything.
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For those who consider the best player as being free, there is PC Friendly which comes on many DVD already (but many people didn't know it). If you're paying for one, then I prefer PowerDVD....

Some DVD movies will offer a free player on the disc. For example, if you put the Lost in Space DVD in a DVDROM player, I think you will find a "PC Friendly" DVD player there. It's probably like version 1.0xx or something like that. But it was supposed to work fairly well for its time.

Back then, the "Lost in Space" DVD's player was widely known in the usenet laptop newsgroup as the solution for those people having problems getting their dealer-customized DVD player to work.

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Originally posted by Startide
Some DVD movies will offer a free player on the disc. For example, if you put the Lost in Space DVD in a DVDROM player, I think you will find a player there.
Just be careful with that one. I believe it's PC Friendly. And since it's anything but "friendly" you'll soon learn to hate it after it screws up your computer. However you'll also learn how to uninstall it after a lot of cursing.
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X, you are fassst! I was doing an edit-king on my post but you posted your response as I was submitting the new one!

Anyways, PC Friendly is offering a free upgrade to version 2.02 (the latest version) at their website. The new player is skinnable and has some new features.
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Originally posted by Startide
X, you are fassst! I was doing an edit-king on my post but you posted your response as I was submitting the new one!
Just stumbled into the right place at the right time.

From my experiences with that abomination of software and seeing what it did to other people's computers I wouldn't hold out much hope for the upgrade. I'd certainly spring for the $30 or so to get a real player.

As a bit of info, I installed WinDVD 3 and PowerDVD XP 4 on my notebook today. It's a pitiful 366MHz PII running Win2K so it's very sensitive to the performance of the player. Just as with every previous version of those two players, WinDVD can't run smoothly (even when I up its process priority) and PowerDVD does just fine running at standard priority.
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It looks like I will take back my recommendation of PC Friendly as it is TOO FRIENDLY. It is spyware and reports what you watch as well as registration info to various different 3rd party companies.

For those that don't mind spyware, they can find PCFriendly on quite a few DVD, including: Lost in Space (version 1.10), You've Got Mail, The Perfect Storm, Chicken Run, Jurassic Park (Collector's Edition), U-571, The Emperor's New Groove, Blast From the Past, Mission: Impossible 2.

More info on PC Friendly's spyware aspects is at:

http://www.interhack.net/pubs/pcfriendly/
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If you want to use the PC friendly software without it reporting info, simply download the free firewall ZoneAlarm and do not allow that program to access the internet.
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Try Both... free trials are available.

Why not try them all....

Seems both PowerDVD and WinDVD have free trials available. Why not try the free trials and see which you prefer...

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