I am having wuite a problem with Windows 2000 laptop. I reinstalled Windows 2000 after another unfixable error, and now its stable and good... but i dont know why the DVD decoder is not on my computer. It played DVD's perfectly fine before, and after the reinstallation... there is nothing. It has a Matsushita(i think) 14x cd/cd-r/cd-rw/dvd/dvd-r/dvd-rw compatible drive on it at 14x... and im COMPLETELY lost. If there is a good DVD decoder pack taht anyone knows of that is FREE, or can help me get decoders off my other computer, i am open to suggestions.

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My recommendation is to try the free VideoLanClient, available at

VLC plays virtually every media format that creeps around on almost every computer and it's faster and uses less resources than any other player. It comes with it's own codecs and doesn't mess up or interfere with other players and has a lot of smart features like streaming video over a network (hence the name). It also doesn't phone home and tells what DVD you watch like WMP does. :eek: So nothing bad happens if you experience the downside of VLC: Since it is a 0.8.5 version, it may simply crash and abort on some computers.

If you want to use WMP, have a look at this site:
There you'll also find a link to the nVidia DVD decoder which takes some CPU load off your computer, if you have a nVidia graphics chip in it. But I'm not sure if any of these is free.

yeah i had used VideoLAN on my unix system before, but the dvd area was a little funky. Thanks for the tip though, i would have never figured it out myself :D

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