How can i play a dvd on my asus notebook using an external cd disc drive as it w

I have an Asus notebook and a Samsung disc drive which I've connected but it won't play anything. I get a message that 'no programme detected' or 'insert disc' although I've played the software disc that came with the disc drive - Nero is the programme. I've done this several times but it still won't play anything.
5 answers Last reply
More about play asus notebook external disc drive
  1. Depending upon what OS you're running you man need to install some codecs before a DVD will play even if you do have a DVD player.
  2. #1 - Is your external optical drive a CD drive or a DVD drive? CDs and DVDs are not the same format. A CD drive can only read CD discs. A DVD drive can read both DVD and CD discs. Additionally, Blu-Ray movies requires a Blu-Ray drive which can also read DVD and CD discs.

    #2 - You need a program to play back the DVD movie. I prefer using Media Player Classic (Google it). It includes the necessary DVD codec.
  3. ram1009 said:
    Depending upon what OS you're running you man need to install some codecs before a DVD will play even if you do have a DVD player.


    Thanks for trying to help but I really struggle with techno messages. What's a codec???? I thought the DVD/CD player would just work as soon as I connected it to my notebook. I don't understand all these acronyms I'm afraid.
  4. jaguarskx said:
    #1 - Is your external optical drive a CD drive or a DVD drive? CDs and DVDs are not the same format. A CD drive can only read CD discs. A DVD drive can read both DVD and CD discs. Additionally, Blu-Ray movies requires a Blu-Ray drive which can also read DVD and CD discs.

    #2 - You need a program to play back the DVD movie. I prefer using Media Player Classic (Google it). It includes the necessary DVD codec.


    Thanks for your help. Yes, it's a DVD multi compact disc rewritable drive so should play both CDs and DVDs. I thought it would just play when I plugged it in, especially as I'd run the small disc that I got with it. Why is it so difficult!! I don't understand all the techno messages I'm afraid, what's a Codec?? I tried that Google website you recommended but I got a message that it could harm my computer so discarded the download. Any other suggestions??? It's soooo frustrating!
  5. Media Player Classic download

    http://mpc-hc.sourceforge.net/

    I downloaded directly from there. There should be no warnings at all. If there are, then your anti-virus program is giving you a false positive indicator.

    Codec = Coder / Decoder = Basically instructions for the operating system on how to play back a specific audio / video format.
Ask a new question

Read More

Asus Notebooks Laptops