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Q: Windows XP Media Center DVD movie sound issues. ( No Answer,   4 Comments )
Subject: Windows XP Media Center DVD movie sound issues.
Category: Computers
Asked by: graymath-ga
List Price: $5.00
Posted: 27 Oct 2006 06:06 PDT
Expires: 26 Nov 2006 05:06 PST
Question ID: 777414
Computer DVD Sound problem:
  My girlfriend's new computer Windows® XP Media Center 2005 Edition
on a new Dell Dimension she bought a few months ago.

On occasion, for certain DVDs:  
   -Plays the background sound effects/dialog, 
    with the main sounds/dialog muted.  

I imagine it to be a conflict within the Media Center for sound
configuration (surround sound Dolby) and the DVD's default sound
output.  I have yet to figure it out and it's increasingly

Any ideas?  It's a Dimension E310 with the following motherboard/processor info:
Dimension E310 	Intel® Pentium® 4 Processor 521 w/HT Technology (2.8GHz,800FSB)

I'll run systeminfo on her computer if a clarification is necessary.  Thanks,


Request for Question Clarification by keystroke-ga on 27 Oct 2006 11:48 PDT
Hello graymath,

Have you tried changing the Audio channels from within the
player and tried another player besides the default?

That might help you. Let me know if it works.

There is no answer at this time.

Subject: Re: Windows XP Media Center DVD movie sound issues.
From: canadianhelper-ga on 27 Oct 2006 10:22 PDT
I can't help you but perhaps it would help a GAresearcher...

These 'certain' DVDs..are they commercial products or are the homemade rips?
Subject: Re: Windows XP Media Center DVD movie sound issues.
From: killamah-ga on 28 Oct 2006 07:12 PDT

Test to change Sound device in the Sound Setting.
Double click on Sound icon tray , and click on option - setting , and
see if Mediacenter sound is dulled.

Wait your response
Subject: Re: Windows XP Media Center DVD movie sound issues.
From: joshwinter-ga on 08 Nov 2006 07:12 PST
I've got a dimension E310 and had similar sound issues with dvd
playback.  However, i recently invested in a new sound card and the
problems stopped.  The card was only 20 dollars on ebay, and it works
much better than the stock one.

However, this might not be your exact problem, you might want to check
your sound card settings and see if anythings conflicting with Media
Center settings.  Then, if you get it working, only adjust your
settings on one to avoid further conflict.
Subject: Re: Windows XP Media Center DVD movie sound issues.
From: bignick73-ga on 13 Nov 2006 22:05 PST
Try installing Codecs. this is a nice pack
that I like. Just download and install.
You could also try to install a DVD player software like CyberDVD or WinDVD.

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