DVD Problems

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You configure the DVD Player through a dialog box that asks you to choose your (if its supported) video card and whether you want the output to the TV to be in NTSC (Composite Video) or PAL (S-Video).  You make your choices, click on "Save and Exit" and you're all set and ready to watch your first movie.  Right?
Well, not quite, for me anyway.  The player doesn't support Autoplay as the player accompanying Windows 98 does.  And, you need to have the disk in and detected before you start the player, otherwise you will get a dialog box that says there is no disk in the drive.  Not a big deal but it doesn't always detect it if you put it in after the fact.  But things weren't even that simple.  I kept receiving error messages everytime I attempted to start the player. VPE/VPM is set properly! is all it said.   A quick peek at the troubleshooter in the manual revealed nothing whatsoever about VPE/VPM.  After reading evert text file on the installation disk to no avail and sorta guessing that the VPM meant Virtual Protected Mode I decided to call Creative Labs Tech Support. A process that would most certainly gone smoother if I would have been able to talk to someone who spoke english.  The fellow I spoke with had a rather thick East Indian accent and after giving him all the info they require I carefully explained the situation.  The technician either didn't understand or did and didn't have an answer, so I was put on hold to give him time to talk to his supervisor.  After a reasonable wait I was informed that they weren't sure but thought that I should call ATI tech support because it had to be the video card's fault.  Appartently I had incorrect drivers. 
I was upset to say the least.  I had purchased the All in Wonder Pro on the company's boast that it was the only card with support built in to Windows 98.  And I was using Windows 98's drivers for the video card.  All in all, this wasn't putting Windows 98 in a good light as far as I was concerned.  A short email to a buddy of mine who actually writes video driver programs was in order and sure enough did the trick.   Within the hour he wrote back that I was having trouble with video emulation in protected mode and did I have any kind of video capture drivers installed.  If not had I installed Web TV?  I hadn't.  I didn't really want it.  I was told however, that I didn't have to use it or keep it just install and then uninstall it.   It would leave the required drivers in the system.  It is so nice to have friends...  He also informed me that the PC-DVD Inlay system used a LuxSonor MPEG2 decoder board and that if I finagled with thi .inf file found on Windows 98 I could have Windows 98's DVD player program up and working in no time.

  Well it wasn't quite no time but I managed and if any of you want the secret drop me an email and I'll send you all the particulars.

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