Re: playing mpeg movies or dvds
Not all AVI's use the same codec, so it's not uncommon to be able to play one and not another...
As for your DVD, I'd first make sure the correct disk is associated with the drive. There's probably some option in some menu. Then, once you insert a disk, go to my computer and see if anything shows up on your DVD drive. It sounds like you might have a failing drive...
Desktop: Athlon 64 3700, 1024M RAM, GF 6200 TC 256M, 2x 80G, 2x DVD-RW
Laptop: Sempron 2800, 512M RAM, Unichrome, 60G, DVD-RW
Macintosh:G4 1.33GHz, 512M RAM, Radeon 9200 32M, 40G, DVD/CDRW
They get me from 0 to 1...