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can't play DVD with FX5200 under Windows 2000

Discussion in 'Nvidia' started by efffemm, May 15, 2006.

  1. efffemm

    efffemm Guest

    I have Windows 2000 and dvdplay.exe gives me the error message:
    "Video cannot be shown on the computer monitor because"
    a) Low video memory...
    b) Another application...
    c) The display adapter is incompatible with the DVD decoder...

    the FX5200 card has 128 MB and I have set display to 800x600 16-bit
    so I doubt that reason a is the problem.
    I killed the anti-virus and other resident programs, but I still get
    the error, so that leaves
    reason c.
    I have Forceware version 77.72 and the BIOS version is
    Is there a problem with FX5200 for DVD playback? I haven't had any
    error messages
    from other programs.
    efffemm, May 15, 2006
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  2. efffemm

    Spack Guest

    Do you have a software DVD decoder installed, such as WinDVD or PowerDVD, or
    are you using a dedicated hardware decoder card? If you have no hardware
    decoder card, and you haven't installed any software with a DVD decoder
    included, then DVDPlay is erroring because it can't find a decoder - Windows
    doesn't ship with one.

    Spack, May 19, 2006
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  3. efffemm

    Spack Guest

    Spack wrote to on Fri, 19 May 2006 10:01:57 +0100:
    If you have a software decoder installed, the other thing to try is dropping
    your colour depth in the display drivers to 256. DVDPlay isn't a full
    featured DVD player - it's merely a simple interface to the DVD-Play APIs in
    Windows, which are wrappers around whatever DVD decoder you have installed,
    and so it's incapable of handling a lot of things that a good DVD player
    application can do.

    Spack, May 19, 2006
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