In retrospect, I think a retail DVD drive would have been a better choice over the OEM drive. Sure, I saved $15 on the OEM drive, but I can't find any legal DVD player software for free or for $15 (I choose to keep everything legal).
Unless I find a freeware DVD player, it looks like the OEM drive will wind up costing more than the retail drive. Bummer. But maybe someone knows of a freeware DVD player software.
You want to stay legal, go check out this place they will help you. http://www.digital-digest.com/dvd/downloads/encoding_pl...
But, everything that comes free in this world, is worth a big zero! Good free stuff, does not exist and yes maybe the decoder will cost you as much as your drive. You made a bad choice and now you will feel the consequences. May the shareware world live forever!!!! Sucker ha!ha!ha!
To pay or not to pay, that is the question! Don't be a scrooge next time.
Those who act make mistakes; and those who do nothing really blunder.
Actually, I was just using Linux as a good example of quality open source software. I'm looking for a Windows app to do this. I will take a look at your link, however, as I'm always looking for more reasons to make the switch from Windows to Linux. I teeter on the edge of that debate every day!
And, if anyone does know of a freeware or open source DVD player for Windows (an actual player like WinDVD or PowerDVD, not just a front end), please don't hesistate to post! TIA.