DVD Won't Play on PC/Laptop/TV - Why and How to Fix It?
"DVD will not play on PC or laptop" arises frequently. Inserting DVD into DVD-ROM, waiting for DVD loading & expecting it playing smoothly. Disappointingly, your PC or laptop seems unable to play or decode DVDs. Typically, it shows a green screen in the media player or gets only sound.
In fact, the DVD won't play error happens not only on your Windows 10 computer but also other platforms such as HD TV, Xbox and PS4. How could this happen and get it fixed? You are not the first person to encounter the issue. But you're lucky to find this article which will elaborate the reasons and workarounds.
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Table of Content
Part 1: Why Your DVD Failed to Play on PC/Laptop?
Computers will not play DVDs for a variety of reasons. Here are the most common causes for the issue and solutions to play DVD on Windows 10 PC.
Reason 1. Your disc or DVD drive is disabled.
If you find a DVD will not play on computer, please check if your CD or DVD-ROM drive is enabled or your disc is undamaged. When your disc is corrupted or inserted improperly, your DVD drive won't read the disc at all. Similarly, when your disc drive is disabled or defective, you'll experience an error like no disc found on Windows 10/8/7. Whatever the case, this leads to DVD playback failure on computers.
Reason 2. Your DVD-ROM drive doesn't support the type of DVD.
Some CD DVD drives can read both DVD+R and DVD-R discs. However, some CD/DVD-ROM drives can only read one of them. If you burn a DVD with a type of recordable DVD that the DVD-ROM drive does not support, the DVD will not play on your PC.
Reason 3. Display screen resolution doesn't match with the DVD.
If this is the case, you need to change your PC screen resolution to be compatible with the DVD you want to play. Start -> Control Panel -> Appearance and Personalization -> Adjust screen resolution. You may need to change your display resolution to 640x480 or 720x480.
Reason 4. The region code of your DVD player and drive is not matchable with DVD disc.
Generally speaking, the majority DVD players can only play DVDs that are encoded for the same region where the laptop was sold. Region 1 DVD players cannot play DVD discs in region 2 such as the USA. You have to change your DVD drive region (you can change it 5 times at most) or convert DVD region code for a successful playback.
Reason 5. The DVD is broken, dirty or corrupted.
Check the surface of the DVD to see if there are any scratches or dirt on it. A DVD with some tiny light scratches can usually work without issue. But if there are some deep damage on it, the DVD won't play on a PC or other drives. In addition, a homemade DVD burned improperly won't work either.
Reason 6. Windows Media Player won't play DVDs
PC users may notice that DVDs are not playing on Windows 10 via Windows Media Player. Microsoft has introduced a $15 app named Windows DVD Player to play DVD specially.
Part 2: How to Fix DVD Won't Play on Computers? - 2 Solutions Here
Solution 1: Rip DVD to Digital Formats to Fix DVD Not Playing Error on Computer
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Disclaimer: Digiarty Software does not advocate ripping copy-protected DVDs for any commercial purpose and suggests referring to the DVD copyright laws in your countries before doing so.
Solution 2: Apply a Region-free DVD Player to Play DVDs from All Regions
5KPlayer is professional DVD player software. Apart from playing home-made DVDs, it can also play DVDs with region code 1/2/3/4/5/6. With this tool, you will never meet "DVD will not play on PC owing to unsupported region code". Moreover, it is able to play DVDs encrypted by copy protection schemes like CSS, RCE, Sony ArccOS, UOPs, Disney X-project DRM, etc.
5KPlayer is workable on Windows 10/8/7, acting as an alternative to Windows 10 DVD Player for DVD playback. And the Deinterlacing feature helps convert interlaced scanning DVD movies to progressive scanning and thus delivers high video quality. Meanwhile, it can play the ISO image file and DVD folder.
Part 3: What to Do When DVD Won't Play on TV?
Except for DVDs not playing on PC and laptop, some users also complain about the failure of playing DVDs on TV. Typically, DVD player won't read disc with messages such as No Disc or Unknown Disc. Or there's no sound or DVD looks grainy when the DVD player is connected to the HDTV. Here are the possible causes that DVD won't play on TV.
Solution 1: Make sure the DVD type is compatible with DVD player.
DVD player only accepts certain discs that are created from formal ISO image and burned at 25fps or 29.97fps. Rewritable DVD formats, like DVD+RW DVD, are not so universal on DVD players. And discs burned from MKV, AVI, MP4 or other video files won't play on TV. Additionally, you can neither play the physical discs burned at 50fps or 60fps.
Solution 2: Be sure the DVD disc is clean.
Dust, fingerprint, or any other damage to DVD disc itself will cause the DVD not playing error on TV. Typically, DVD player will show various messages, from Unknown Disc, Cannot play this disc, to pink screen. You'd better clean the DVD or try another disc beforehand. In addition, it's highly advised to backup DVD to hard drive, USB or copy DVD in case of any damage.
Solution 3: Ensure good connection between DVD player and TV.
Your DVD stays on load but won't play on TV, though it looks great on PC. This is attributed to improper connection. A correct cable connection at both ends is a must have. Or else, the TV will end up with flickering.
Solution 4: Set DVD region code corresponding to that of DVD player.
DVDs are restricted to play on the DVD player with the same region code. You cannot watch the Hollywood movies you purchased from the USA in Europe, unless you change region code to 1.
For example, Sony DVD players will show messages:" Error: Playing Of This Disc Prohibited By Area Limits". You have to use another DVD player that matches the DVD region. Click here to see how to change region code on DVD Player
Part 4: How to Fix DVD Not Playing Issue on Xbox/PSP?
Gamers used to play DVDs on Xbox and PSP, as long as they have a DVD player. Unfortunately, the disc inserted makes a whirring sound and won't show any picture. The reasons why you fail to watch movies on the gaming system can be the wrong disc format, defective DVD, copy protection, improper setup and more.
Solutions to fix DVD not playing error on Xbox and PSP are quite the same as those on TV. Check the detailed troubleshooting to DVD won't play on TV.
You have to bear in mind playback of DVDs that have not been finalized is not supported by PS5/PS4/PS3/PSP. Additionally, 8 cm discs, deformed/cracked DVDs or the discs that have been repaired may damage your gaming system as well.
The Bottom Line
The trend of ditching disc drives is unstoppable, from the premiere of 2013 Macbook Pro that took the optical drive out to the latest laptops. But the desire to watch physical discs on wide-screen gadgets, be it PC, Mac or game console, is overwhelming.
The only solution to get movies and TV shows out of the physical silver prison is to turn DVD disc to digital copies for better compatibility. You can try WinX DVD ripper to do the job. It is able to digitize DVD to MP4, AVI, and more in as short as 5 mins.