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External DVD player will not Play on Acer Aspire notebook.

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Initial post: Dec 25, 2009 8:28:36 PM PST
John Oliver says:
I purchased an Acer Aspire Notebook for my girlfriend for Christmas, I also purchased a External CD/DVD drive. The Drive will play CD's but not DVD's. Is there something else I need to do, Maybe download a Driver or something? The notebook has the Windows 7 starter operating system.

Posted on Dec 25, 2009 10:14:35 PM PST
E. Liu says:
Microsoft disabled DVD playing in Windows Media Player as an annoyance and attempt to get people to upgrade to a more costly version of Win 7. However, third party programs work fine and you can view DVDs using them. Any one should work, but my favorite is VLC (, which is capable of viewing DVDs and lots of different video file formats (Quicktime, Real Media, WMV, AVI, etc....).

Posted on Dec 26, 2009 12:16:41 AM PST
mkztg says:
E. Liu is 100% correct. Windows 7 starter has DVD playback disabled in Windows Media Player. Take his advise and use VLC instead. Its free and works great! If you do decide later to upgrade to Windows 7 Home Premium and you have 2 other PCs you want to upgrade - get the family pack that Microsoft has (3 PC license) In the Netbook you have the option to do the "Anytime Upgrade" You would select that option and then enter the key from the family pack. It works and I have seen it done (helping a friend in a similar situation as you).

Good luck!

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 31, 2009 12:04:44 PM PST
John Oliver says:
So, If I get the VLC Player, Should I go ahead and Delete the Windows Media Player?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 31, 2009 2:18:23 PM PST
E. Liu says:
Well. Windows Media Player still plays audio files. I would just keep it.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 1, 2010 3:57:51 AM PST
You must have bought a netbook or a different Aspire. This particular Acer Aspire notebook (the 1410-2936) has Windows 7 Premium and plays DVDs perfectly with an external DVD Drive.

Posted on Jan 1, 2010 9:59:22 AM PST
Robert Field says:
Am not very tech but am trying to decide between a acer 1810t 8638 and asus eee 1201n. Main use is for HD movies, web--no games. asus is $200 less. Is it worth the extra $? Would really appreciate your expertise.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 2, 2010 5:55:53 AM PST
John Oliver says:
Well, I downloaded the VLC player and everything is fine..... Thank You!!

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 9, 2010 6:49:50 PM PST
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