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My SP4 is not playing DVDs with an external drive even though it recognises the files?

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My SP4 is not playing DVDs with an external drive even though it recognises the files

I've just bought an SP4 and I love it!! I have been using it with an Apple USB Superdrive, which has been fine for ripping CDs.

But now I'm trying to play a DVD - it recognises that it's a DVD and gives me a pop-up asking me what to do with it, but doesn't give VLC media player as an option to play it.

I've tried putting the DVD in whilst VLC is open but nothing happens - same with Windows Media Player, iTunes for Windows, and the Windows 10 Films & TV App.

If I go to the dvd in file explorer I can see the video files and if I right click on the .vob files to 'Open with' and choose Windows Media Player it just opens WMP but then nothing happens - the 'Open with' doesn't even give me the option of VLC player...

Help?! Thanks!!!
 

Chintan Gohel

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Re: My SP4 is not playing DVDs with an external drive even though it recognises the files

I've just bought an SP4 and I love it!! I have been using it with an Apple USB Superdrive, which has been fine for ripping CDs.

But now I'm trying to play a DVD - it recognises that it's a DVD and gives me a pop-up asking me what to do with it, but doesn't give VLC media player as an option to play it.

I've tried putting the DVD in whilst VLC is open but nothing happens - same with Windows Media Player, iTunes for Windows, and the Windows 10 Films & TV App.

If I go to the dvd in file explorer I can see the video files and if I right click on the .vob files to 'Open with' and choose Windows Media Player it just opens WMP but then nothing happens - the 'Open with' doesn't even give me the option of VLC player...

Help?! Thanks!!!

workaround could be to copy the files to the sp4 and then try playing with vlc

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timothyfrancisburke

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Re: My SP4 is not playing DVDs with an external drive even though it recognises the files

Hi Chintan, thanks for your reply. I've joined the site, as you suggested!

I tried copying the files to my sp4 but it didn't work - some of them copied, but then it was giving me messages saying I couldn't copy them because they were encrypted.

I've seen a few vidoes of people using the superdrive with dvd on windows 10 but not with sp4 - so it is working for some people! Any other ideas?

Would really like to be able to play DVDs on this!!
 

Chintan Gohel

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Re: My SP4 is not playing DVDs with an external drive even though it recognises the files

Hi Chintan, thanks for your reply. I've joined the site, as you suggested!

I tried copying the files to my sp4 but it didn't work - some of them copied, but then it was giving me messages saying I couldn't copy them because they were encrypted.

I've seen a few vidoes of people using the superdrive with dvd on windows 10 but not with sp4 - so it is working for some people! Any other ideas?

Would really like to be able to play DVDs on this!!

try a different DVD and see if it has the same behaviour
 

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Hi - yeah, I've tried quite a few... same with all of them...

Hi - yeah, I've tried quite a few... same with all of them...

Which VLC are you using? The one from the store?

If so, you need to get the "desktop" version. With this version it will give u the option to "Open with" when you right click.

Another option is to download "Handbrake". This will allow you to rip the dvd to mp4 files and would be playable.

Hope this helps.