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Stephen Bowles Jun 13, 2008, 12:58pm EDT Report Abuse
Sound and pictures badly distorted when playing DVD. The sound is like people talking underwater and there is an echo. The Blaze DVD video software plays files stored on my hard drive OK so I am thinking that the DVD drive is faulty although it burns DVD/CD without problems.

Unless anyone can come up with something I should try I suppose I shall have to buy a new DVD drive.

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Meats_Of_Evil Jun 13, 2008, 01:44pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Playing Commercial DVD
Is this only with that certain dvd? If it's not then make sure you don't have any special effects turned on for the audio. There are similar effects for sound cards that produce an underwater sound and echo if you want.

Everything I write is Sarcasm.
Stephen Bowles Jun 13, 2008, 02:49pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Playing Commercial DVD
I tried same DVD on mylaptop computer and it played. I have not tried a different DVD. I used the cleaner disk on the drive but no difference.


john albrich Jun 13, 2008, 03:45pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Playing Commercial DVD
I doubt it is the DVD drive itself. It is more likely a software interaction with that drive/device driver and codecs.

Have you tried copying some of the files from that specific DVD on that specific DVD drive, to the hard drive, and then playing those specific copied file using the "Blaze" player? (just because the player plays properly some other files from the hard drive, doesn't mean it will play those files properly.)

If it's 'standard' DVD structure, then the .VOB files are what you want to try to play.

Note: DVD copy protection may prevent you being able to conduct this particular test. (thank you so very much, **AA)

john albrich Jun 13, 2008, 03:48pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Playing Commercial DVD
Another thing you can try is to install Alcohol52% (an excellent freeware DVD drive emulator).

Then, assuming you can load the DVD onto the drive emulator (again, thank **AA if you can't) you can try to use Blaze to play the "DVD" from the virtual DVD player. This may eliminate your having to buy a separate DVD drive just to test this out.


Stephen Bowles Jun 13, 2008, 04:00pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Playing Commercial DVD
Yes, I did copy just a part of one of the files to hard drive and it too played back the same.

I also tried the DVD using another application: Cyberlink Power DVD 4.0 and got the same result. I had successfully used Power DVD about two years ago on the same computer, with the same DVD drive and same Windows XP Professional operating system. Because of the problem I downloaded trial version of Blaze and got the same result.


Stephen Bowles Jun 14, 2008, 03:28pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Playing Commercial DVD
Tried a different DVD in drive today but the result was the same.

Stephen Bowles Jun 15, 2008, 07:21am EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Playing Commercial DVD
Today I repeated copying one of the .vob files to the hard drive. This time I used different software to decrypt the file. This time the film section on the hard drive played perfectly.

So should I buy a new DVD drive?




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