XP PC: DVDs play with distorted sound although mp3s and video files (avi, mpeg etc.) are fine

Discussion in 'Computer Support' started by Caseem, Jan 18, 2007.

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    Caseem Guest


    I built a pc for myself about a year ago. All was fine until about a
    week ago, and now whenever I play DVDs the sound is distorted and has
    background crackling. I initially thought it was a problem with the
    onboard soundcard, but after I played a CD I found that music audio was
    fine. I also played mp3s and video files on the hard disk, which were
    fine. Therefore Im unsure of what the problem could be. One thing
    unusual on my computer is that there are 3 DVD drives (two writers and
    one player set to a different region), and I was wondering if the
    problems could be due to I/O requests being congested; although this is
    pure speculation on my part. Any ideas guys?

    Caseem, Jan 18, 2007
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    Alasdair Guest

    I'm intrigued as to why you need 3 DVD drives. There is software
    available which will allow your DVD drive to play DVDs from any
    Alasdair, Jan 18, 2007
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    Rod Speed Guest

    Shouldnt be if you get that effect with only one of the drives in use.
    Check whether PIO is being used for the DVD drive.

    Win will turn DMA off when CRC errors are seen with a drive.
    That is usually due to a bad ribbon cable. If you replace the
    ribbon cable with a good one, you need to manually turn DMA
    on again and you cant do that in the device manager.
    Rod Speed, Jan 18, 2007
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    Edwardo Guest

    It could also be not having the right codecs.Did you install any audio and
    video codecs.As I had a dvd that played fine in pc but when played on home
    player it was picture with crackly interference and sound was only heard
    from it.Make sure you have a codecs pack installed like k-lite codecs pack
    or winxp codec pack.You can type these names in google and downnload
    them.K-Lite plays most formats with sound and picture.
    Edwardo, Jan 19, 2007
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    Caseem Guest

    Thanks to everyone who responded.

    1) Codecs are fine. I can play video and audio files perfectly when I
    am not using a DVD disk.

    2) I know there are supposedly software to make your DVD drives region
    free, but the only one I have tried is DVD Genie, which did not work -
    although the version I tried was from a few years ago. As I have 3 DVD
    drives, I am perfectly happy to let one run on region 1 for American
    disks, while the others are region 2.

    3) The ribbon is plausible I suppose. Interestingly, if I play a video
    file such as an avi or mpeg on a DVD R on the DVD drive, then it is
    fine. The issue is only with pre recorded DVD disks. The region 1 DVD
    -which is connected to a different cable- is fine too. Incidentally,
    how do you manually turn on DMA?

    Thanks for all your help,

    Caseem, Jan 22, 2007
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    1932 Guest

    1932, Jan 22, 2007
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    JAD Guest

    your not understanding codecs, find a better DVD decoder that is compatable
    with your player.
    JAD, Jan 22, 2007
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    Rod Speed Guest

    What matters is whether DMA is actually being used.
    the workaround section.
    Rod Speed, Jan 22, 2007
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    Rod Speed Guest

    Rod Speed, Jan 22, 2007
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