Problem viewing DVD

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Old 01-06-11, 01:01 PM
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Problem viewing DVD

Windows XP,Internet Explorer 8

I went to play a DVD i had burned several months ago on my computer and when i inserted the disc in the drive a window saying something like SONIC came up. This window program won't let me play the DVD.

I use a Sonic program to burn DVDs but not to view on playback.
I'm wondering if the Windows program got replaced?

Any help getting this corrected would be helpful as i can't read any DVD on my computer. By the way,the DVDs work fine on other media.
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Old 01-06-11, 01:56 PM
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The Sonic installed itself as the default "run" program for DVDs somewhere along the line. Trying to remember how to undo that in XP; I'm running Win7 on the desktop and Vista on my laptop. In Win7 there's a place to select what program to use in the Control Panel, should be something similar in XP.

Okay, just took a break and did a quick Google; this should help:

How to Change CD/DVD content AutoPlay actions in Windows XP
 
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Old 01-06-11, 02:50 PM
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Just tried your suggestion, and nothing has changed.
 
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Old 01-10-11, 05:42 AM
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Is there a such a program in IE 8?
 
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Old 01-10-11, 06:30 AM
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Try removing your DVD player/recorder thru Device Manager, restart your computer and see if it resets itself. You might want to uninstall that Sonic program, too. You can use Windows Media Player to burn.
And there's always the possibility your DVD went south.
 
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Old 01-11-11, 05:46 AM
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Thanks. I will try those suggestions
 
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Were you ever able to watch DVD's on that machine? Do you know which program you were able to watch them with before. It may have been Sonic or Sonic may have only been used for creating/burning DVD's. Depending on how long you haven't been able to watch them you may be able to restore your PC to an earlier date and it will fix it that way. Check out system restore and see if it is an option for you.
 
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Old 01-12-11, 12:56 PM
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I do use sonic to burn CD/DVD's
 
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What happens when you try to view the contents of the DVDs using Explorer?
 
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Old 01-14-11, 05:53 AM
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I haven't had a chance to check out the problem further,but will post when i try everybody's suggestions. Thank.
 
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Old 01-15-11, 02:19 PM
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Problem solved

Turns out my subscription had run out to my burning and playing programs after 5 years. My Bad!!!!

I have already installed new program software to get me back online.

Thanks to all who replied,especially tow guy and Shadeladie

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Old 01-15-11, 03:45 PM
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Turns out my subscription had run out to my burning and playing programs after 5 years. My Bad!!!!
Why on earth should you have to buy it more then once. Yet another reason not to use Windows but surely there is free burner software for Windows.
 
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This is becoming the norm, and in the future we'll probably have to get used to paying subscription license fees for software.

One of our vendors recently changed their policy on an $80,000 software suite. Until last year it was a license purchase. Now it's a license purchase plus 20% per year in maintenance/update fees. If the customer doesn't pay the first year but needs assistance during the second year, they must pay two years to bring it up to date. After 5 years they're paying twice! Needless to say, our existing customers aren't happy.
 
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Old 01-16-11, 07:55 AM
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Definitly glad I don't use Windows. All my software is free for life and that includes my operating system.

Rick, has your company investigated going to Linux. It won't be free given the support you would want for a comercial enterprise but it might be cheaper. Some countries are totally converting government computers to Linux. Just when you look at the expense of AV needed for Windows systems and not needed for Linux your looking at a big savings.
 
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We don't have a choice. The software is designed to run on MS Server, and the customer's systems are always MS.
 
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