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Step by Step Guide on How to Play DVD on Laptop

By Tony Moton

June 05, 2018

Though it is convenient to watch videos on laptop now, some people prefer to use laptop to play DVDs. DVD is an abbreviation of "digital video disc" or "digital versatile disc". It is a digital optical disc storage format invented and developed by Philips and Sony in 1995. DVD can store any kind of digital data and offer higher storage capacity than compact discs while having the same dimensions.

However, when you insert a DVD into the DVD-ROM of your PC computer, and wait for DVD loading and playing. You will be disappointed to find that your laptop seems unable to play DVD. How could this be? Any tips on how to solve it? Fortunately, you came to the right place. The following article will analyze the reasons and offer solutions.

Part 1. Simple Solutions to Play DVD on Laptop

First, make sure that your computer's optical drive is capable of reading DVD media. Typically, the drive would be listed as "DVD-ROM", "DVD R/RW" or similar under My Computer, and the DVD logo would appear on the drive itself. If there still has the problem, go to see the following lists of common causes and corresponding solutions:

1. Unsuitable Drive Connection

After installing the drive, do POST (Power On Self Test). If it cannot detect the drive, you should check that the drive cables are correctly connected.

2. Missing Drive

In Widows system, when the motherboard driver is missing because of viruses or misoperation, the IDE controller won't be identified correctly. Thus, it will cause the fault in drive. Now we need to re-install the motherboard driver and it will resolve the problem.

3. No Supporting DMA

Earlier DVD drivers may not support DMA (Direct Memory Access), you can close the DMA interface for preventing incompatibilities. Once this done, just press the OK button and restart the computer.

4. Conflict with Virtual Drives

Usually we install virtual drives on our laptop, but sometimes we will find the physical drives is missing. This is because there are no more hardware profiles available. The solution is: Open the "Config.sys" file under the root directory of your C: drive with Windows Notepad program, add "LASTDRIVE=Z", save and exit, then restart the computer and the problem will be solved.

5. Aging Laser Head

If the drive cannot read DVDs without dust inside, the main reason is the laser head of drive has been aged. You need to adjust the potential regulator near the laser head, that will increase resistance to change strength of electric current, the power and the laser brightness will be enhanced. The disk drive read ability will improve obviously.

6. Using Third-Party Player

Windows-running laptops can play DVDs. Windows 7 includes built-in DVD compatibility, but you need to pay for an upgrade. Now you can watch DVD movies without spending extra money through a third-party player. The free open-source VLC media player is highly recommended. It will enable you to play DVDs or any type of video file.

Part 2. Play a Ripped DVD - The Ultimate Solution

Copying a DVD to a laptop hard drive but won't play with all above mentioned solutions, the ultimate way is converting DVD video to other formats. You can use a tool like TuneFab DVD Ripper to rip and convert DVDs to the compatible format. It will enable you to convert all DVD movies to more than 300 formats such as MP3, MP4, AVI, MOV, WMV, etc. and make them available on almost all devices. You can also edit the DVD movie with some special effects such as the 3D Settings, Brightness, Saturation, etc. TuneFab DVD Ripper can also help you preserve the original audio tracks and subtitles in your preferences.

Here are the steps:

Step 1. Download and Install TuneFab DVD Ripper

Download and install TuneFab DVD Ripper, run the tool and insert the DVD disc into your computer DVD driver.

Step 2. Click "Load Disc" to Import DVD Movies

Once the DVD is detected, on the main interface, click "Load Disc" button to select DVD movies to be ripped. DVD folder and ISO image files are all supported.

Load DVD Disc

Step 3. Select the Output Format

Next, click "Profile" and choose the formats you need. More than 300 formats such as MP3, MP4, AVI, MOV,WMV, etc can be supported to convert. You can also click "Settings" to do video settings, audio settings or 3D settings.

Profile Settings

Step 4. Choose the Output Folder

Then click "General > Output Folder > Browse" from "Preferences" interface to select the destination folder to save the converted file.

Preferences General

Step 5. Start Conversion

At last, click on the "Convert" button. The conversion process will complete within a very short time.

Converted DVD Successfully

Ok! You can enjoy your DVD files on laptop freely now. TuneFab DVD Ripper is the right you could not miss. Don't hesitate to give it a try!

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