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Play HD DVD’s On Windows 7 Using Xbox 360 HD DVD Player

The LCD TV in my office started having issues with the LCD screen a couple weeks ago so I had to take the TV in to get the screen replaced. Luckily the LCD panel happened to be under warranty or I would have been out $2200. Regardless though it left me without the TV in my office which I use not only for TV but also for a second computer screen from one of my desktop computers so I was limited to using my HP w2408h monitor to watch movies, etc. One of the things I wanted to accomplish was to get the HD DVD player from my Xbox 360 working on a Windows 7 computer so I could watch some older movies on the monitor while the TV was in the shop. Below is information regarding what issues I ran across and how to overcome them which really is limited to the software used to play the HD DVD movies.

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PowerDVD DX 8.1 on Windows Vista Sound Not Working, Other Sound Including Windows Media Player Working Fine

A client of mine had me troubleshoot a problem on one if his Windows Vista┬álaptops running PowerDVD DX 8.1 to play DVD’s from the internal DVD drive. I have used PowerDVD in the past but it has been awhile so I wasn’t exactly sure what the problem was right away. He said that one of his sons had been messing with the *function button along with the number keys at the top and the sound stopped working. I looked through each of the possibilities and nothing made sense that could have caused the sound to quit working.