Unless it’s well hidden, Windows 10 doesn’t have a native DVD player. My refurbished desktop computer came with a somewhat annoying player, DVD Player+, which played some ads, tried to sell you some stuff, but then let you watch your DVDs in peace.
I just bought some new DVDs to keep me entertained during the coronavirus era, and DVD Player+ won’t play them: I get the ad, then the FBI anti-piracy warning, then the main menu, but it doesn’t move on to actual content from there.
I kinda wanted a better DVD player anyway on my computer, so: any suggestions? Good and free is best, but if it comes to that, cheap but good is better than crappy but free.
Back when we only had CD-ROMs and audio CDs, there were cleaning discs for such situations. Do any exist on the DVD level? Heck, could the old CD cleaners work on DVD drives? (I believe that most DVD drives use the same laser for CDs and DVDs.)
You can also clean the lens with a Q-Tip and some alcohol or naphtha. On laptop optical drives, the lens is mostly easily reachable because it’s in the tray. On desktop drives, you may have to disassemble the drive to get to the lens.
You obvious don’t know a lot of people like me who enjoy keeping things running just for the fun of it.
E.g., I had an issue with my first iPod a week ago. Had to open it and secure the “hard drive” cable better. It’s not really a hard drive anymore but a larger solid state drive I put in last year. Plus a new battery. Maybe the 3rd time I put in a new battery.
For a device that came out in 2003.
(FtGKid2 gave me this and a Mini as presents years ago. Both broken. Both fixed and still working. Great gift idea.)
Yeah, I’m like that. My desktop computer is from about 2008, one of the first that came out with Win 7 (has been updated to Win 10 a long time ago in the meantime), and it still runs well and serves as my media server for my other devices. I use to keep and maintain my computers until they’re absolute lost cases, and that can take a long time.