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DVD drive and WinDvd and Zoom player

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posted on Nov, 25 2003 @ 05:18 PM
I'm trying to finally have some fun by watching a DVD. I stick in a DVD. I run Zoom Player 3.20. It says Media Mode. With a DVD in the drive, I click on the screen and it says no media is loaded.

I have WinDVD 3.1. I have an ugly Comaq Presario, with a Compaq DVD GD-2000 drive. I have sound on the motherboard (which WinDVD warns me about; playback may be slow in software DVD mode). My WinDVD playback freezes every 4 seconds and then resumes.
What may be the problem here?

posted on Nov, 25 2003 @ 05:49 PM
Does anyone know of the type of cable that connects to a computer moitor. I shoud know this but i don't. "S-video, coaxial, composite "

edi t- is it composite?

"Computer monitors, on the other hand, are designed for RGB signals. Most digital video devices, such as digital cameras and game machines, produce video in RGB format. The images look best, therefore, when output on a computer monitor. When output on a television, however, they look better in S-Video format than in composite format."

[Edited on 25-11-2003 by ktprktpr]

posted on Nov, 26 2003 @ 05:12 AM
Well I am not too sure on the problem about your DVD playback, maybe the DVD drive is bust.

The monitor... I am not sure how you would do it, (have the computer monitor as your TV)... I have not ever done that before, all I can say is that from the first thought: I don't think it could be done. I mean where would you plug the arial into? A computer monitor just uses a standered VGA connection, so maybe you could get an adapter. I have no idea.

You can get adapters for consoles so you can play your games on a high resolution computer monitors. Playstation 2 has one I know. Go to and go to the PS2 hardware section, they have t I think.

But I have no idea about watching general TV on a computer monitor, unless you get a TV card. Which goes in your computer, and then you put the arial into that.

I'm sure someone else on this board has some more info on the matter?

posted on Nov, 26 2003 @ 01:48 PM
I was looking at my video card and I noticed that I have the following out-puts:


A review site has a pic right here:

but the review says the card has a " VGA port, S-Video port, and DVI port" ( ) and those cables look kinda familar.

is there anyway, given these input ports, that I can pipe an external DVD player (like one you use with TVs) input to the video card and re-display on my computer monitor? I would really like to know here...

EDIT- I'm assuming LCD is really DVI... then i would just need a DVD player that outputs DVI, which may be common cause you need DVI to recieve HD broacast right?

[Edited on 26-11-2003 by ktprktpr]

posted on Nov, 26 2003 @ 02:03 PM

now, only reason to use your tv as monitor is to watch moves/play games

it was WAY to fuzzy to read text.... your video hard proubly has a S video out, just get a s video cable that has 2 male ends

now, sounds like your cpu is too slow to do all the sound work + some decoding
get a better sound card,

there cheap very easy to install... and a good video card should be doing the work of video decoding

[Edited on 26-11-2003 by Dmsoldier]

posted on Nov, 26 2003 @ 02:14 PM

Converts DVI / ADC graphics to analog SVGA monitors. Problem is I think dvd players with DVI output exist outside of my price bracket [-$1,000 - $70.00 ]. Researching to find more info...

dm- what is s video? that's not simple vga output is it? My motherboard is cramped as all hell and can't get another pci unit in it.

posted on Nov, 26 2003 @ 02:22 PM
ahh, im not to good with this plug in name stuff

im talking about how like a ps2 or a xbox would plug into your tv with 1 yellow cord for video...

they do make sound cards that go out side of the pc connecting with a usb port...

posted on Nov, 26 2003 @ 02:27 PM
I guess my question now is this:

is there any way for a computer monitor or video card to recieve composite, component or S-video outputs?

Anyone? Anywhere?

posted on Nov, 26 2003 @ 02:29 PM
could you maybe take a pic of your video card outputs?

posted on Nov, 26 2003 @ 02:32 PM
Ah... now my card has TV-Out, which is really S-Video, right? So could get a dual male s-video cable and stick it in the DVD player unit and to my video cards' tv-out?

Anyone, anywhere?

EIDT- DM i did, kinda.

from a review but looks exactly like the back of my card.

[Edited on 26-11-2003 by ktprktpr]

posted on Nov, 26 2003 @ 02:38 PM
that black port is for a super vhs out i think

posted on Nov, 26 2003 @ 02:51 PM
is that black port bi directional? Can I go from DVD Player to Video card (to monitor)?

posted on Nov, 26 2003 @ 03:35 PM
I called radio shack and they siad that TV-Out is really S-Video Out. The port/tech isn't bi directional. So it looks like I have to buy a really small tv and a cheap $30 dvd player (sale this friday, at walmart). I guess I'll use my main TV after all. I was hoping to be able to use my computer moniter but oh well.

posted on Nov, 26 2003 @ 03:43 PM
yup.. sux

what the old bags specs anyway?

posted on Nov, 26 2003 @ 04:06 PM
It's not bad .. it's just compaq. it's an AMD 1.1 ghz, 512 mb of ram. Just a compaq though. Oh well.

posted on Nov, 26 2003 @ 04:51 PM
I just thought of a work around...

This only works assuming you can get a video card with a composite input (not sure if you can, maybe. Not looked).
If you can, then buy a SCART switch box, which has video output. Then get a video lead and hook to too up.
These are normally used *with* a tv, but if you connect the "video out" and not "tv video output" you may be able to get away with not connecting a TV.
Then you would just plug your DVD player into a scart input on the switch box, and switch to that.

Knowing my luck though, it won't work as you probably can't get a video card with composite in

Worth a look though if you really want.

Your AMD 1.1 ghz aint bad at all... Which reminds me, I really should stick some more RAM in this machine, lol.

posted on Nov, 26 2003 @ 05:08 PM
nope that box ant bad at all..

i played dvd movies on my 900 256 compaq with gf2mx and now it has gf3 it has a old live pci sound card looks just the same as my gamer

its setting in my dads office replaced with

2700amd 1gig 3200 speed ram radeion 9700pro made it like 7 months ago

posted on Nov, 26 2003 @ 05:25 PM
Good idea metalhead. I think one problem I'm runnin against is that DVD players normally out put to analog devices. They can output digital, via DVI, but that ups the price class of the DVD I have to buy. The guy at radio shack said that the card outputs. So what i'm really looking for is kind of weird hybird analogy -> digital input card for a computer.

Holy Mother Lord Jesus H. Christ:

You want S-Video? Composite input?

posted on Nov, 26 2003 @ 05:48 PM
Never thought the price would be that high, lol.
Oh well...

Dmsolider... This machine is only a P Celeron 800mhz, 192mb SDRAM (running at 100 mhz), onboard graphics (intel 810), and a 5.1 sound card (4 from and DVDs play fine on it.
Don't play DVDs on it though.
I used to have a Geforce MX 32mb PCI... But I kept having problems with it. Have you ever had probs with your GF2MX?
Many people seemed to have done. I think my probs were to do with the fact that the card was conflicting with the onboard VGA - But I couldn't disable it, my BIOS doesn't have any option to do so, plus the motherboard doesn't have a jumper I can use to disable it :-(

Oh well. That 2700 amd sounds pretty good... I don't need big power machines anyway
But I suppose it would cut the time for compiling source code down
Maybe one day.

posted on Nov, 26 2003 @ 05:58 PM
i never had any probs with the card, hell i even overcloked it by 18% it dint have any fan iether

then i got the gf3 i was a big unreal tourny and tribes 2 back then

you dont need anymore then i would say a 750mhz 256 ram and gf2 for web browsing and video/flash playing

i do know that i wish i had a faster laptop, im ganna have to use it at my lakehouse its only 366mhz 2mb vid card onboard sound

it realy strugles to play any movie :bnghd: at least i can go on here

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