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August 26, 2010 3:38:34 PM

Hello all,

I was wondering what software, preferably free, everyone uses to watch DVD's from their PC on their HDTV's.

I have my main rig hooked up to a 52" Sharp and I can't get DVD's to play on the TV. Using win7 and Media Player I get video but no sound.

I use Netflix with no problem, streaming video and sound is great with that service, but I'd really like to pop a DVD in and play it too.

Any suggestions?

Thanks in advance!!!

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August 26, 2010 5:53:46 PM

I use Windows Media Center in Win7-64bit. I watch DVDs and Netflix without any audio issues. The fact that you're getting audio from Netflix suggests it's your HDTV that is not recognizing the audio signal from your DVD.

If this is the case, you'll need to look at incompatibilities between the DVD itself (what audio signal it's encoded with), what audio signal your sound device is sending to the HDTV, and what signal type your HDTV can accept from that specific input

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August 26, 2010 6:16:26 PM

That don't make any sense as I'm using the audio from the PC to 'hear' the DVD just as the PC outputs the Netflix audio. Hmmm.
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August 26, 2010 7:20:48 PM

What I'm trying to say (and this is just as an example. I don't know what stream Netflix uses or what the DVD is trying to stream) is maybe it's something like Netflix streams a 2.0 audio source whereas the DVD streams a 5.1 audio source. Your HDTV can handle and does play the 2.0 source, but it can't handle the 5.1 source, so it doesn't play that at all.

Again, just an example. I don't know what each audio source is sending to the HDTV, but it might be something to look into.

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August 26, 2010 7:46:25 PM

Ok, I think you're a bit confused. The PC outputs both sound via 5.1 onboard sound. There is no sound going to the HDTV. All sound comes from the PC just like all video comes from the PC. HDTV should only be showing the video not trying to output the sound as the 'onboad' sound should play the sound. It's like Media Player can't find the codecs to play the DVD's sound.

Or maybe I'm the one confused...

Thanks for trying to help though, it's appreciated. :) 
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August 26, 2010 8:28:25 PM

So audio is actually coming from your PC speakers and not the HDTV? In that case, yes, I was confused. Sorry.

In that case, I'd try downloading and running VLC.
http://www.videolan.org/vlc/

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September 2, 2010 6:41:58 AM


I'm using a DVD Creator. It works pretty well. but it's not free. If it can indeed help you, it's not a big deal spening some money, right?
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September 3, 2010 5:23:39 AM

I'm using preferably free, everyone uses to watch DVD's from their PC on their HDTV's.
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September 6, 2010 12:55:45 PM

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