Play a DVD movie on a laptop using the built-in disc drive or an external USB-enabled disc drive. The laptop must have a default media player such as Windows Media Player or VLC installed.Know More
Locate the DVD drive on the side of the laptop. Press the button on the front of the tray to open the drive. Place the DVD on the tray, and push the tray back into the drive. If you have an external disc drive, insert the USB plug into one of the ports on your laptop. Open the disc tray and insert the DVD. Close the tray.
In Windows, choose the Autoplay option in the pop-up box. Next, choose the default media player to view the DVD. If you do not see Autoplay, navigate to the My Computer folder and right-click the drive. Select Autoplay. In OS X, use DVD Player to watch the movie. Alternatively, download VLC or another third-party media player from the Internet.
After choosing a media player, the movie should start playing. Use the on-screen controls to play, stop, fast-forward and rewind the DVD. When the movie finishes, close the media player, and then press the button on the disc tray to eject the DVD from the drive.
To format a laptop, locate the restore disk that came with the computer, and save drivers and personal files on a burnable disk or external hard drive. Formatting the laptop deletes all its contents, so saving files you wish to keep to a disc or external hard drive is very important. After ensuring that all the necessary files and drivers are saved, access the computer's BIOS from the startup screen, and then set the first drive to CD. Reboot if necessary, and follow the prompts provided by the restore disk. The entire process can take anywhere from several minutes to well over an hour depending on the size and speed of the laptop's hard drive.Full Answer >
A slow laptop can be the result of overburdening the system's capabilities. It can also be the result of dust and debris getting inside the vents or the system overheating. Laptops are typically less powerful than desktops, and they are vulnerable to overheating because of the compact layout of the internal components.Full Answer >
To fix a scratched digital video disc, buff the disc with peanut butter, rinse it with lukewarm water, blot it dry and repeat the process if needed. For stubborn scratches, sand the scratches with a disc sanding machine. Be sure not to scratch the disc further during polishing.Full Answer >
DVDs playing in black and white or without color may be the result of an issue with the disc, the connection, the DVD player or the TV. A series of verification steps to troubleshoot will typically either solve the problem or pinpoint the issue.Full Answer >