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Playing DVDs on my laptop.

cbxjeffcbxjeff Member Posts: 17,369 ✭✭✭✭

About 10 years ago I store bought some movies to take on my camper on one of my Sturgis trips. I thought it would be nice to put them on my laptop (win10). They played fine on my trip but on a dvd player. Now I can't open them on the laptop. I get file extensions like .BUP, IFO, VOB - things I've never seen before but no .exe files. My only thought is that maybe they are protected so that they will run on a dvd player but not on the laptop. I should add that I can download videos, save to a folder, and play later. Any thoughts guys?

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  • montanajoemontanajoe Forums Admins, Member, Moderator Posts: 57,779 ******

    need a 12 year old to chime in.

  • FrogdogFrogdog Member Posts: 2,747 ✭✭✭✭
    edited December 2023

    If you have an older version of Windows, start by opening Windows Media Player, rather than trying to open individual files from a folder.

    If you have a newer version of Windows, you may have to download an additional app.

  • cbxjeffcbxjeff Member Posts: 17,369 ✭✭✭✭

    Well, this laptop is about 2 years old. I'm running Win10 and media player ver. 11.2310.80. I'll plug the external dvd drive and try a newer computer.

    It's too late for me, save yourself.
  • BrookwoodBrookwood Member, Moderator Posts: 13,163 ******

    My laptop is close to 10 years old and has a built in disc drive. About a year ago, we had a power failure during which time I got the notion to watch a DVD movie on the laptop. Had the same experience as Jeff did above. It was one of the very few times I have used the disc drive on this computer.

    I will take @Frogdog 's advise and see if I can get a movie to play on this old relic machine! Many thanks!

  • BrookwoodBrookwood Member, Moderator Posts: 13,163 ******

    Just checked Windows Media Player for Windows 10. Said it no longer supports playback for DVD's.

    There is another AP called RealPlayer that is a free download and it is supposed to support DVD's.

    I may give it a shot.

    RealPlayer - Expect more from your media

  • Rocky RaabRocky Raab Member Posts: 14,036 ✭✭✭✭

    VLC is an open-source and cross platform all media player. I comes native in most Linux systems, and can be downloaded here for Windows:

    I may be a bit crazy - but I didn't drive myself.
  • Mr. PerfectMr. Perfect Member, Moderator Posts: 66,152 ******

    Yes. Windows stopped supporting the playback of DVDs with native capabilities for some strange reason. Just another testament in their hat for not knowing how people use their products.

    Anyway, there are a host of other players out there you can use. Two have been mentioned above. I like VLC, personally, but RealPlayer is ok (it suffers from a host of adware problems and constant updates that do nothing more than bring in new adware, it seems). I would encourage you to just web search one that suits you.

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  • papernickerpapernicker Member Posts: 1,360 ✭✭✭

    A few years back, none of my dvds would play. I googled and fixed it easily, somehow? It might have been a command line and uncheck a box or something. It was a common problem

  • Ruger4meRuger4me Member, Moderator Posts: 3,260 ******

    Playing media (dvds) and other type files has almost always been an issue in computers because of different formats and even the players themselves... It can and will be different depending upon the equipment you have and the format of the media, @Rocky Raab is known for pushing Linux and he is correct that it is usually relatively easy to get these types of issues resolved based on it's open source concepts and @Mr. Perfect is also correct on the fact that there are many different media players available that can be downloaded for the different versions of Win, MAC, Linux etc. If you run in to a situation where something doesn't work, you can usually just do a google type search with the keywords of won't play/won't open a certain type of file (the extension type and the version and Operating system} on my (whatever you are using). Then you can find out what you need and if it is available as a free or sometimes have to pay to get what you need to make things work. Just my 2 cents, worth more than what you paid for it... imho...😁

  • Rocky RaabRocky Raab Member Posts: 14,036 ✭✭✭✭

    Note that I said VLC is cross-platform, meaning it will run in Windows, Mac, and Linux. It just happens to come pre-installed in many Linux distributions. It's free, open source (no malware), and very nice to use.

    I might mention Linux but I no longer try to "push it" because people never listen anyway.

    I may be a bit crazy - but I didn't drive myself.
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